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Why are amphetamines llegal?

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January 25, 2010 4:21AM

They aren't necessarily illegal. Many, in fact, are encouraged for individuals suffering from such conditions as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) or simply Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). These amphetamines will normally go under the name Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Biphentin, etc. However, almost all of those comprise of the identically stimulating compound; based of the prescribed dosage of course. Although it is almost impossible to regulate, amphetamines become illegal when someone without the above conditions use the stimulant in order to 'tweak' (getting high on Amphetamines... normally Methamphetamine) or get, for example, homework done at lightning speeds... enjoying oneself in the process. In order to more effectively reach the desired high, these individuals will normally rail off lines (snort) rather than orally dropping the pill. Also, another reason that Amphetamines have gotten a bad name is because they are closely related to one of the most addictive and dangerous drugs in the world; Crystal Meth (Methamphetamine). In reality, the only difference between something like Adderall and Meth is that Meth is water soluble and so, it is more quickly absorbed/dissolved in the users body... this also makes it possible to deliver Meth intervenously. To further illustrate the similarity, Meth is even broken down into a simply Amph once its ingested. Although WikiAnswers probably prefers it if I don't include my own opinion on the matter, I find it necessary in these circumstances not to give Amphetamines a bad name. If they are taken for the right reasons by the right people (ie. those with ADHD), Amphetamines can be a life saver (and grade saver). Just take it from me... If it wasn't for these things, I wouldn't have been able to write this answer in three minutes.