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dual-use chemical

MILITARY

Definition A chemical that can be used for civilian applications–e.g., for metal plating, fluorination of drinking water and for toothpaste, but has a dark side, as it can also be used to manufacture weapons–e.g., sarin.

Reference http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/09/18/germany-defends-dual-use-chemical-exports-to-syria/

SUBSTANCE ABUSE 

Definition A chemical used legally to manufacture medications, perfumes, pesticides, antibiotics, and illegally to produce illicit, designer, or controlled drugs

Examples

• Ephedrine–legally as a bronchodilator, illegally for amphetamines

• Egometrine/ergotamine–legally for hypertension and migraines, illegally for amphetamines

Reference  Nature 1990; 347:322

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