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Amphetamines are good for you – selling drugs to the fat and depressed (photos)

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AMPHETAMINES were once legal. They were advertised as being good for you and yours. Appetrol was a drug that acted as an appetite suppressant. In world War 2, the troops were fed Benzedrine to keep them sharp.

Dexamyl was the drug that could:

“Dexamyl does more than most anorectics. Because it not only curbs appetite but also lifts moods, ‘Dexamyl’ can give the discouraged dieter the confidence to stay on her diet. The mood lift with ‘Dexamyl’ can make the difference between the success and failure of her diet plan.”

Around 1950, Pan American World Airways Flight offered passengers lifters to make your flight more enjoyable.

And then it ended. The 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 ruled that amphetamines were Class B drugs and Class A if injected. We’ve compiled a gallery of that time when the health properties of the stuff were lauded:

Spotters: here, here and  DrugTrain


  • ChristianVieri

    Just shows how repressive society actually is..from banning and rating films books throwing people in jail for exercising their freedom of speech. When will the religious right and and the PC left leave us alone to do our drugs in peace and speak our mind while watching pornography on the BBC.

    • Anoraks

      I agree. Nothing should be censored.

      • mahatmacoatmabag

        Anoraks , you wrote ”I agree. Nothing should be censored”

        So how come my post vanished, the one praising you for being on the ball & speedily responding to Christians post from 2 years ago ?

        Of course it could be that Disqus, the pride of the Romanian software industry under Nicolae Ceaușescu & maintained / moderated by ex-Tami Tigers operating out of their jungle hideout , is on the blink again. If so kindly ignore my post, which you usually do anyway.

        Sincerely, Mahatmacoatmabag, London born Plonker from a long line of London born barnpots