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February 2, 1970

Another Abusable Amphetamine

Author Affiliations

Marquette School of Medicine Wood, Wis

JAMA. 1970;211(5):830. doi:10.1001/jama.1970.03170050064024

To the Editor:—  Over the past six months the abuse of yet another type of amphetamine has come to our attention. The drug is methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA). We have been led to believe that the origin of abuse of this drug is local to Wisconsin, and presently it is one of the most frequently abused drugs within our drug subculture. Recently there has been a largescale arrest of producers of MDA within Wisconsin.The effects of the drug have been related to us by several adolescent patients. Physically, the only visible change described was widely dilated pupils. However, subjectively, the patients described a mild sense of physical well-being with some increase in taste sensation. This was accompanied by a feeling of "numbness" or a decreased awareness of bodily sensations. Psychic effects of the drug center around an increased need for interpersonal relationships. This, perhaps, accounts for MDA being known as "the