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"Nazi Crank" (Feebase Methamphetamine)
(Stuart MP) Please excuse this e-mail from a non-constituent,
but I must congratulate you on being the first MP in
the Commons to raise last week the disturbing matter
which in the USA is made in kitchens from household
chemicals and over the counter remedies, is actually
methamphetamine (Class B drug), seizures of which used
to be recorded in the annual statistics throughout the
1970s. The difference from amphetamine sulphate powder
is that the drug is smokeable, providing an instant
'hit' analogous to the difference between crack cocaine
and cocaine hydrochoride powder. I am aware of a false
'ecstasy' pill from East Anglia being found to contain
methamphetamine when sent for analysis, but the number
of methamphetamine seizures is not currently published
separately from amphetamine.
potential for increased seizures of this drug over the
next few years, it might be prudent to ask the Home
Office how many seizures have occurred in recent years,
and to suggest these be more closely monitored in the
future. How to deal with the problem? The danger is
that by publicising the popularity of this drug in the
USA, and its dangers, a new demand will be created where
none currently exists, and existing amphetamine users
(the second largest illicit drug-using group after cannabis)
may be tempted to switch, with potentially disastrous
consequences. Removing access to precursor chemicals
could be impractical and have major economic consequences,
if popular household and health-care products were to
be withdrawn or made available only on prescription.
As midwest states in the US have found, it is almost
impossible to detect synthesis of this drug using the
usual precursor-intelligence methods.
may not be as bleak as your worst fears. Since the 1960s,
many drugs popular in the USA (e.g. quaaludes (methaqualone)
and 'angel dust' (phencyclidine)) have never crossed
the Atlantic to become a serious problem in the UK and
Europe. Even cocaine and crack never taken root as a
widely-used drug of abuse to the same degree as America,
probably due to abundant supplies of amphetamine - both
cheaper and with longer-lasting stimulant effects -
in Europe. There are a number of steps which could be
taken by the government to minimise the potential risks
of posed by this drug.
- 1. Alert
police forces, customs and the Forensic Science Service
to the potential, in order to monitor seizures centrally.
- 2. Provide
an information briefing to drugs agency workers &
hospital departments who may come into contact with
- 3. Prepare
public information leaflets for use in the event of
increased usage posing a significant problem
- 4. Above
all - Keep a low profile - discourage sensationalist
press reports and avoid any publicity until or unless
the drug poses a significant problem.
the drug is also known as 'ice' or 'crystal meth', the
'Nazi' derives from use of methamphetamine (a German
patent) by Luftwaffe pilots during WWII, whereas allied
aircrew used dexamphetamine (dexedrine - US patent)
to keep awake.