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GPs should be aware of illegal stimulants and the best ways to help users, says Dr Gordon Morse.
Humans have exploited chemicals to counteract negative feelings for centuries and developed the ability to make psychoactive drugs de novo.
Amphetamine sulphate and methamphetamine were formulated in 1930, and were recognised as powerful stimulants that elevated energy and mood.
The pharmaceutical industry promoted these drugs for the treatment of obesity, seizures, depression and schizophrenia.
As the harms of these powerful stimulants became apparent their medicinal use declined, but now amphetamines are some of the most widely misused drugs in the world.
Commonly known as 'whizz', amphetamine sulphate is …