I used small doses everyday for years, it's the only thing that made my social disorders bearable. I wasn't breaking any laws.

Why did the (UK) government recently ban phenmetrazine when they formerly tolerated its use?


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As correctly asserted, it is banned class B stimulant un the UK. In fact it was banned in 1971 so I am unsure why you think the ban was recent.

If you have social disorders and live in the UK you can ask for a referral from your doctor. Most common route is medication coupled with therapy (group or solo).

To why it was banned is a deeper question. When the misuse act was drawn up it pulled together substances that were known to be used to a 'high'. Primarily in Sweden it was abused for the high it gives leading to classification as a narcotic in 1959

  • This doesn't address the question, which concerns why phenmetrazine was banned. Commented Feb 17, 2017 at 11:03
  • @TheEnvironmentalist at some level that is a deeper, unanswerable, question. Staying brief, it was banned because it was abused for the high, primarily in Sweden where it was classified as a narcotic in 1959 druglibrary.org/schaffer/LIBRARY/studies/cu/CU39.html
    – John
    Commented Feb 20, 2017 at 7:58
  • Mind editing the answer to include the above, and references? Commented Feb 20, 2017 at 9:10