Ephedrine Abuse Potential
And The Need For More Strict Controls
Ephedrine alkaloids are amphetamine-like compounds with potentially powerful stimulant effects on the nervous system and heart. The long term intake of ephedrine alkaloids increases the likelihood of serious events. Ephedrine is used as an ingredient in weight loss and appetite suppression pills and over-the-counter nasal decongestant and asthma medications.
Over-the-counter bronchodilators and cold medicines containing pure ephedrine or pseudoephedrine are required to be listed under controlled drugs.
Moreover, the bulk purchase of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine should be restricted so as to prevent its reaching the clandestine and elicit market of methamphetamine and methcathinone abuse.