Opioid epidemic shares chilling similarities with the past

This 1997 photo provided by the Drug Enforcement Administration shows a methamphetamine lab found in an Oklahoma motel. Agents say active ingredients found in normal household items like starter fluid, lithium batteries, styrofoam cups and over-the-counter decongestants could be used in the apparatus to make the drug. Amphetamines, developed in the 1930s, took off in the 1950s. Marketed by drug companies and promoted by doctors, they were used for weight loss, anxiety and depression. Methamphetamine, an amphetamine formulation developed by the Burroughs Wellcome drug company, was often prescribed as a diet pill and abused by those attracted by the surge of energy it produced. Users who injected it were known as “speed freaks.” (Drug Enforcement Administration via AP)


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