Legal status and availability

Injectable amphetamines are class A, and oral amphetamines class B drugs. They used to be widely prescribed for depression (in the 1950s and 1960s) and for obesity (until quite recently). They are stimulants, and are thus related to cocaine (see below). They are now only licensed for treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents as part of a comprehensive treatment programme, and for narcolepsy or obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome. Inappropriate private prescription by 'slimming clinics' still occurs occasionally, and patients sometimes get supplies over the Internet. Easy chemical synthesis also makes for continued widespread availability.

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