Chemistry of amphetamines
The amphetamines are synthetic organic compounds that are structurally similar to norepinephrine,epinephrine and dopamine found in the body. Three common amphetamine compounds areamphetamine, dextroamphetamine, and methamphetamine.The amphetamines can be synthesized readily, and this has resulted in the illicit manufacturing ofthese substances, especially methamphetamine, in underground laboratories. However, the purity ofillicit methamphetamine (Meth, Crystal, Speed) is variable, and may contain side-products of thechemical reaction, unreacted chemicals and “cutting” agents (e.g. starch, baking soda).