Amphetamine misuse in southern Italy

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7017.1433a (Published 25 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1433
  1. Luigi Reccia,
  2. Andrea Rocco,
  3. Maurizio Lioniello,
  4. Giampiero Fichera
  1. Biologist Physician Territorial Addiction Service, Naples 3 ASL, Regione Campania, via Pitagora 13, S Antimo, 80029 Naples, Italy
  2. Physician Physician Medicine Division, Capilupi Hospital, Capri, 80073 Naples, Italy

    EDITOR,--Recreational use of amphetamines has always been widespread in drug misusers referred to our service. Recently 3,4 methylenedioxy-metamphetamine (MDMA or “ecstasy”) has been used in combination with other drugs, generally heroin, with a particularly powerful effect. Being new, these drugs are not familiar to our health workers, but our clients' willingness to talk has let us study the consequences of combining drugs. …

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