This video by Drug Policy.org outlines some of the history of methamphetamine use and addiction. Methamphetamine is a cousin to the drug amphetamine. The affect of methamphetamine on the body is far more daunting. Both are highly addictive.
Amphetamine was first synthesized in the late 1800s. Methamphetamine was discovered around 1919. By 1971 congress classified both as Schedule II drugs, which is the most restricted category for prescription drugs. Then the black market took over filling the gap.
Today tens of thousands of addicts struggle for survival. Just paying for their drug habit and keeping a job can prove to be too much. While this highly addictive drug can ruin a life in a short amount of time, there is always hope for the addict who wants to turn their life around and free themselves from their addiction.
We hope this video sheds some light on both of these drugs and addiction to them.