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article in todays IOS (10-1-99) may be alarming, but
misses the point, and is unfortunately riddled with
or 'paste' amphetamine is nothing new, it merely represents
higher purity material asmanufactured or imported into
the UK, which is sold at retail or wholesale level instead
of being 'cut' to street purities. It has formed a significant
propotion of seizures for many years.
may simply be wet powder, and is no guarantee of higher
purity material, most 'pastes' fall in the potency range
of 15-40%, although higher purities can occur.
3. Base amphetamine
is either sold at higher unit prices than street powder,
or may be cut to street purity levels. Most street powders
fall in the range of 1% to 15%. The 2% 'street' purity
figure quoted is unusual today, although more common
in the early 1990s - the average purity has been rising
for the past 5-6 years, the latest figures indicate
a 3-fold increase in average purity of police seizures
between 1993 (4%) and 1997 (14%). The customs average
(purity at importation) has remained fairly stable at
around 35-40% purity.
4. Most users
of amphetamine would adjust the quantity used when taking
'base', using perhaps 1 gram at a time rather than several,
and would be most attractive to intravenous users.
and possibly the NCIS source 'missed the point', because
in the USA base meth-amphetamine (also known as 'ice',
'crank' or 'crystal meth') is now commonly used. This
is a smokeable form analogous to crack cocaine, and
is frequently manufactured in makeshift kitchen or outdoor
'labs' from household chemicals and over-the counter
medicines. This is rarely found in the UK at present,
but which soon will no-doubt receive the type of sensationalist
coverage, also imported from the USA, similar to that
which successfully advertised 'crack' to UK drug users.