Amphetamines

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Concept.png Amphetamines 
(drug)
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Recreational drugs with potential for use in combat.

Amphetamines are stimulants drugs used both medicinally and recreationally. They are used by millions of people annually.

Production

Amphetamines are not naturally occurring, but produced synthetically.

Legal status

Many amphetamines are illegal to manufacture, possess, or sell without a license. They are controlled under the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs.[1]

Use

In USA, children are prescribed Ritalin to treat "ADHD". A 2016 study on rats suggested "that young people using amphetamines may have changes in memory and attention well into their thirties."[2]

Amphetamines are used in war to increase performance of soldiers. They were used in World War II for this purpose.

Trafficking

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Noting that Saudi Prince Abdel Mohsen Bin Walid Bin Abdulaziz was held in Syria with four other men and around 2 tons of amphetamines in the Prince's private jet, The Telegraph reported in 2015 that the country has a growing role as an exporter of illegal drugs.[3]  

Related Document

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TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
File:Cannabis comparative risk assessment.pdfReport30 January 2015Dirk Lachenmeier
Jürgen Rehm
Comparative risk assessment of alcohol, tobacco, cannabis and other illicit drugs using the margin of exposure approach


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