Chromatography

THE METH MYSTIQUE (D vs L)

Jun 25 2007

Author: Don Harris on behalf of Unassigned Independent Article

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Have you ever used methamphetamines? Has your child ever used them? Are you absolutely certain? You may be surprised to learn that perhaps you BOTH may, unknowingly, have used methamphetamines (for years) through routine self-medication. Typically if someone mentions methamphetamines what comes to mind is the street drug ?crystal meth? and all of the negative connotations of a hyped-up, paranoid, often violent individual who uses it. However, what most people do not know is that there are TWO forms of methamphetamine: An illegal drug, Dextro-methamphetamine (D), commonly known as ?crystal meth?, and the legal drug, Levo-methamphetamine (L), which is a common therapeutic pharmaceutical. Until recently, it was difficult to scientifically distinguish between these two forms.

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