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  Smokable form of dextromethamphetamine. 
  Appearance of broken glass or shattered ice.
  Slang:  "glass" "crystal meth" "ice"
  Purity:  High
  Close up of ice crystal.
  Normally smoked in glass pipe, when heated gives of vapors which can
  produce effects that can last up to approximately 14 hours.
  Hard and odorless
  Methcathinone: "Cat"
Normally appears off-white or yellowish powder

Amphetamine was first synthesized in the 1880's, but its therapeutic possibilities were not investigated until 1927.  The first medical product containing amphetamine, the Benzedrine inhaler, was marketed in 1932 to widen bronchial passages and help asthmatics breath.  Soon after the product was introduced users found that not only did it dilate the bronchial passages, but it also relieved fatigue, increased energy levels, reduced the need for sleep and suppressed the appetite.  Abuse of the drug started almost immediately.  Amphetamine became available in tablet form in 1937 and was used extensively during World War II by Japan, the United States, Great Britain and Germany.   Medical use of amphetamines increased in the 1950's and were routinely prescribed as antidepressants and diet pills. 


Amphetamines have stimulating effects opposite to the effects of depressants such as alcohol, narcotics , and barbiturates . They raise the blood pressure by causing the body to release epinephrine, postpone the need for sleep, and can reverse, partially and temporarily, the effects of fatigue. Amphetamines enhance mental alertness and the ability to concentrate, and also cause wakefulness, euphoria, and talkativeness. Benzedrine is the trade name for the drug amphetamine; dextroamphetamine is marketed as Dexedrine. Methamphetamine, a potent stimulant marketed as Desoxyn, is the most rapidly acting amphetamine. They are available by prescription for limited uses; illegal sources include stolen or diverted supplies or clandestine laboratories.

Amphetamines are addictive and easily abused, users can become psychologically dependent on the drugs and, developing a tolerance for them, can require increasingly large doses. When the drugs wear off, a long period of sleep ensues, often followed by hunger and depression, which can lead to further use of amphetamines. Amphetamine addiction has been common among such diverse groups as truck drivers, students, and athletes, who have used the drugs for increased energy, alertness, or endurance. Methamphetamine, made from ephedrine and other chemicals in clandestine laboratories in the United States or Mexico, experienced a resurgence in use in the western United States beginning the mid-1990s. Amphetamines are inhaled, taken orally, or injected; as with other injected drugs.


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