1940 CE
Methamphetamine enters the Japanese market

In 1940, methamphetamine is introduced to the Japanese market. It can be purchased over the counter in injectable form, without prescription. It is used as a treatment for different ailments, including narcolepsy and weight reduction.

Source: Austin, G. A. et al. (1979). Perspectives on the history of psychoactive substance use. NIDA.

Drugs: Stimulants (amphetamine, methamphetamine)
Regions: Japan
Topics: Medicinal use of drugs