Chapter 7 The fast and furious — cocaine , amphetamines and harm reduction

  title={Chapter 7 The fast and furious — cocaine , amphetamines and harm reduction},
  author={Jean-Paul Cornelis Grund and Philip O. Coffin and Marie Jauffret-Roustide and Minke Dijkstra and Dick de Bruin and Peter G. Blanken},
Cocaine and amphetamines (‘stimulants’) are distinct central nervous system stimulants with similar effects (Pleuvry, 2009; Holman, 1994). Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid extracted from coca leaves. Amphetamines are a subclass of phenylethylamines with primarily stimulant effects, including amphetamine, methamphetamine, methcathinone and cathinone and referred to as ‘amphetamines’ in this review (Holman, 1994). MDMA (3,4-methylenedioxy-N-methamphetamine or ecstasy) is a substituted… CONTINUE READING


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