Meth

Events

Amphetamines

Approx. 1887

Amphetamines was first produced in Germany in 1887

Methamphetamines

1919

Methamphetamines, a more potent version of amphetamines, was produced in Japan in 1919

1950's

Approx. 1950

Prescribed as a diet aid and to fight depression, easily available, non-medical stimulant for college students, truck drivers, athletes, drug abuse began

1960's

1960

Increased availability, became inject-able, abuse worsened further

1970's

1970

Made illegal for most uses by US government, American motorcycle gangs controlled most production and distribution, and most users lived in rural areas and couldn’t afford expensive cocaine

1980's

1980

Mexican drug trafficking organisations set up large laboratories in California, smaller private labs had sprung up in kitchens and apartments, got the name “stove top”, spread across US and Europe

Present

Present

Most of the drug is available trough Asia, such as Thailand, Myanmar and China