History of Amphetamine / Methamphetamine Drug Use and Abuse
Jan 18, 1887
Amphetamine was first synthesized by German chemist L. Edeleano and originally named phenylisopropylamine.
Methamphetamine, more potent and easy to make, was discovered in Japan.
Amphetamines are first marketed as 'benzedrine' in an over-the-counter inhaler to treat congestion.
Amphetamine is first available in tablet form by prescription for use in the treatment of narcolepsy and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).
World War II
Amphetamine widely distributed to soldiers to help them keep fighting.
Dextro-amphetamine and methamphetamine become commonly available.
Amphetamine becomes illegal with the passage of the 'U.S. Drug Abuse Regulation and Control Act of 1970'.