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					      History of
   Methamphetamine
Creation, usage, and perspectives
      Sharon Zandman-Zeman, RN
  Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center
                    and
         Detective Kurt Kornchuk
      Anchorage Police Department
                    For
The Alaska Forum on Crystal Methamphetamine
  The History of Methamphetamine
• Amphetamine was first synthesized in 1887 by
  German chemist L. Edeleano.

• Methamphetamine was first synthesized in 1919 by
  Japanese chemist A. Ogata
  – Method of production was ephedrine reduction using
    red phosphorous and iodine
  – Easily injectable
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• 1930’s – Marketed as an over-the-counter
  treatment for asthmatics
• By 1937 a prescription was required
  – Reducing activity in hyperactive children
  – Treating narcolepsy patients
  – Appetite suppressant (a major clinical use)
   The History of Methamphetamine


• World War II – Distributed to allied and
  axis troops for use as a stimulant
  – Provided to some American forces
  – Widely distributed by Germans to SS troops to
    increase efficiency of soldiers
  – Also provided to Japanese soldiers in large quantities
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Post-war Japanese military surplus of
  amphetamines flooded the market
   causing skyrocketing addiction.
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• The 1950’s saw the use of amphetamine &
  methamphetamine spread and so did the
  abuse and addiction.
  – Widely prescribed by doctors under loose
    government controls.
  – Obtained by prescription for use as a diet pill
    and also the treatment of narcolepsy.
  – Large scale diversion, used non-medically by
    college students, truck drivers, and athletes.
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• The 1960’s saw the beginning of
  methamphetamine produced in clandestine
  laboratories.
  – West Coast phenomena
  – Drug culture expands
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   The 1960’s also saw the rise of outlaw
    motorcycle gangs who controlled the
clandestine manufacture and distribution of
methamphetamine in the U.S., primarily on
               the West Coast.
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• In 1970 legal production of amphetamines
  reached an all-time high of 12 billion tablets
  annually.
• The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 went
  into effect controlling the manufacture and
  distribution of amphetamines.
  – Legal production of amphetamine drops 80%
  – Black market created for methamphetamine
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• On the West Coast, the number of
  clandestine methamphetamine laboratories
  increase.
  – P2P (Phenyl-2-propanone) method
  – Fairly sophisticated process utilizing laboratory
    chemicals, apparatus and glassware
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• In 1980 P2P becomes a controlled substance
• A black market emerges for P2P using
  – Phenylacetic Acid
  – Sodium Acetate
  – Acetic Anhydride
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• The 1970’s to the 1980’s are considered the
  “Golden Years of Clandestine
  Methamphetamine Laboratories”
  – Biker groups manufacturing 5 to 25 lb batches
  – Drug laws lag behind methods of manufacturing
  – Violence
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• In 1988 the Chemical Diversion and Trafficking
  Act created “listed chemicals” and federal
  requirements for threshold amounts.
  –   Ephedrine
  –   Bulk pseudoephedrine (not tablets)
  –   Phenylacetic Acid
  –   Hydriodic Acid
  –   Methylamine
  –   Ethyl Ether and other chemicals
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• 1990’s – the proliferation of Mexican national
  “Super-labs”
   – Large scale production (50 to 150 lb batches) using the
      ephedrine/pseudoephedrine reduction method
   – Use of established drug trafficking rings for distribution
   – Distribution expands to the North & Eastern parts of
      the U.S.
   – Control of methamphetamine
      trade shifts from OMG’s to
      Mexican criminal organizations
   – Rogue pseudoephedrine
     tablet industry emerges
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• 1994, Expansion of the Federal Chemical
  Diversion and Trafficking Act
  –   Import/export thresholds
  –   Expansion of “Listed Chemicals”
  –   Import license and DEA registration
      requirements


• Methamphetamine Control Act of 1996
  – Blister-pack requirements for retailers of
     pseudoephedrine
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            Methamphetamine
• Mid 1990’s, brought chemical regulations and the
  expansion of the Internet.

• Continued expansion of Mexican national “Super Labs”.

• Explosion of smaller, less sophisticated methamphetamine
  laboratories using retail chemicals and improvised
  laboratory equipment.
   – Tweeker Labs
   – Small toxic labs
   – Mom and Pop labs
   – Addiction based labs
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• Chemicals from retail stores used in the
  clandestine manufacture of methamphetamine
  –   Pseudoephedrine tablets
  –   Safety match book striker strips
  –   Iodine
  –   Denatured alcohol
  –   Coleman and other camp fuels
  –   Anhydrous ammonia thefts from industry/supply
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• Smaller clandestine laboratories move North
  and East while the Mexican national “Super
  Labs” remained primarily in the West
• Mid-West and the Pacific Northwest
  become inundated with addiction based
  laboratories
• The Mid-West greatly impacted
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• The first recent seizure
  of a methamphetamine
  laboratory in Alaska
  was in 1996 in       70
  Anchorage            60
                      50
                      40
                 Labs
                      30
                      20
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                                                         Year
                           '96   '98   '00   '02   '04
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• With the increase in clandestine
  methamphetamine laboratories in Alaska
  came the increase in collateral damage
  –   Fires and explosions
  –   Severely burned individuals
  –   Health problems
  –   Addiction problems
  –   Massive property damage and contamination
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              21st Century
• Pseudoephedrine legislation
  – Adopted by many states
  – Decrease in clandestine methamphetamine
    seizures and collateral damage
• Increase in Mexican criminal organization
  trafficking of “ICE” methamphetamine
• Increase in Canadian accountability of
  pseudoephedrine
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                 Closing
• On-going campaign against
  methamphetamine with multiple fronts
  –   Courts, adequate bail and sentences
  –   Law enforcement
  –   Legislation
  –   Regulatory enforcement
  –   Treatment/Prevention
  –   Drug Endangered Children Protocols
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• Current Battles
  – Pseudoephedrine industry and lobbyists
  – Developing effective pseudoephedrine legislation
  – Enforcement
     • Clandestine laboratories
     • Mexican criminal organizations
  – Education
     •   Children
     •   Adults
     •   Property Owners
     •   Retail operators
     •   The Courts
     •   Elected Officials
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