dual-use chemicalJoe Segen2016-12-04T05:36:05+00:00
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.
Definition A chemical used legally to manufacture medications, perfumes, pesticides, antibiotics, and illegally to produce illicit, designer, or controlled drugs.
• Ephedrine–legally as a bronchodilator, illegally for amphetamines
• Egometrine/ergotamine–legally for hypertension and migraines, illegally for amphetamines
Reference Nature 1990; 347:322