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NCJ Number: 161425 Find in a Library
Title: Report on the Drug Ice Submitted to the Boston Police Department
Author(s): A Woodhouse
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 55
Sponsoring Agency: Boston Police Dept
Boston, MA 02116
Northeastern University
Sale Source: Boston Police Dept
154 Berkeley
Boston, MA 02116
United States of America

Northeastern University
College of Criminal Justice
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report summarizes what is known about a form of crystal methamphetamine referred to as ice.
Abstract: The paper includes: (1) a brief history of methamphetamines and the origin of ice; (2) a discussion of the chemical makeup of ice, its production, administration, and distribution; (3) physical and psychological effects; (4) a summary of survey results from law enforcement agencies throughout the country regarding ice and a detailed look at the ice epidemic in Hawaii; (5) the media's role; (6) public policy concerns; and (7) recommendations on ways to address the implications of ice. Amphetamine is a compound that affects the central nervous system by accelerating activities; methamphetamine is a synthetically made amphetamine and is the most potent of the group. Ice is the smokable form of methamphetamine, deriving its name from its appearance. A study conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration found that methamphetamine trafficking and abuse are present virtually everywhere in the United States. The survey also noted that: (1) in cities reporting distribution of ice, it was in the gay community only; (2) most police departments believe that the media's publicity has created the ice problem; and (3) most cities do not have any legislation regarding precursor chemicals needed to manufacture ice, and do not have written rules or policies pertaining specifically to ice. Attachments, footnotes, appendix, references
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Amphetamines; Drug analysis; Drug effects; Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Drug information; Drug laws; Drug manufacturing; Drug paraphernalia; Police; Police department surveys
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