Note about anotherone's writeup above: It's disingenuous to classify battery acid, drain cleaner, windex, etc... as "ingredients" of methamphetamine. This is NOT TRUE. Pure methamphetamine can be produced in the laboratory and it is manufactured by numerous pharmaceutical companies. These are not ingredients but rather possible adulterants, diluents, or byproducts. Without more information even that can be misleading. What percentage of methamphetamines contain windex, battery acid, or any of the others? In what concentrations? Without this information such claims of adulteration are at best misleading.
It should be noted that methamphetamine is a Schedule II controlled substance. According to U.S. law this means the drug has a high potential for abuse, but there are accepted medical uses for it. (Unlike Schedule I drugs --like marijuana-- that by U.S. law have no accepted medical uses)
The main trade name for methamphetamine in the U.S. is Desoxyn by Abbott Laboratories. Methamphetamine is just its generic name. The only form currently available from Abbott is 5mg immediate release tablets which are white and imprinted with the Abbott logo and the two-letter code TE in bottles of 100. Until late 1999 Abbot also had extended release tablets of 5mg, 10mg, and 15mg that were marketed under the name Desoxyn Gradument. Many people have complained recently that their pharmacies can not get the drug at all in any form. Abbott apparently makes sure to keep the supply very low. This is probably due in no small part because of the dangers of abuse and the many contraindications for the drug.
The drug is more properly called methamphetamine hydrocloride and the full chemical designation of the drug is (S)-N, alpha-dimethylbenzeneethanamine hydrochloride. It is a member of the amphetamine group of sympathomimetic amines. Their are currently only two FDA approved indications for methamphetamine: Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity and Exogenous Obesity. Due to its high potential for abuse alternative therapies must have been proven ineffective before it can be prescribed.
U.S. Federal Trafficking Penalties
Between 5 and 49 grams of pure methamphetamine or between 50 and 499 grams of any mixture containing methamphetamine:
First Offense: Not less than 5 yrs, and not more than 40 yrs. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $2 million if an individual, $5 million if not an individual
Second Offense: Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual
50 gms or more pure or 500 gms or more mixture:
First Offense: Not less than 10 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, not less than 20 or more than life. Fine of not more than $4 million if an individual, $10 million if not an individual.
Second Offense: Not less than 20 yrs, and not more than life. If death or serious injury, life imprisonment. Fine of not more than $8 million if an individual, $20 million if not an individual.
2 or More Prior Offenses: Life imprisonment
These are federal mandatory minimums. There is no chance of parole before the required time is served in a federal prison. If convicted of the charges the judge does not have any discretion to sentence you to any period of time less than what is prescribed by law.
Synonyms for methamphetamine:
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