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Was 'Breaking Bad' Good for the Meth Business? - Digiday

Does the simple fact that it figured so prominently on one of TV's coolest shows mainstream – or even glamorize – the drug?
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Breaking Bad was one of the first shows that really depicted meth. I likes this article because BB was one of the best TV shows I have ever watched and really relates to this topic. Personally i thought that BB did not glorify or point people in the direction of meth use because it really only shows the chaos it ensues. This articles seems to agree that there has actually been a decreases in meth use. This may partially be attributed to new laws surround sale of potential meth ingredients but I think can also be attributed to the non-glorify theme that BB has.

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Increased risk of Parkinson's disease in methamphetamine users, study finds

Increased risk of Parkinson's disease in methamphetamine users, study finds | Amphetamine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
People who abused methamphetamine or other amphetamine-like stimulants are more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than those who do not, according to a new study.
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This article very well shows the correlation between amphetamine use and Parkinson's disease. This makes sense because meth and other amphetamines deplete the brain of Dopamine. Parkinsons is caused by the brains inability to produce normal amounts of Dopamine. over 16 years a California hospital tracks 300,000 causes of amphetamine related hospitalization with Parkinsons cases. People with amphetamine history were 76% more likely to develop Parkinsons which is a very strong correlation. This is concrete example of the negative side effects of amphetamine use. Also the fact that is not just for meth use but also for other amphetamines such as Adderall and other ADHD meds. 

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Prescribing ADHD Medications & ADHD Treatment Options - YouTube

http://adhdinadults.com/ Anthony Rostain MD/MA, the Medical Director for the Penn Medicine Adult ADHD Program emphasizes the importance of knowing your patie...
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This video brings up the topic of alternates to the typical ADHD meds that could be prescribed but are less likely to be abused. Drugs such as Adderall, Vyvanse, Ritalin, and Conserta are are fast or medium speed acting with fairly noticeable effects. This doctor brings up the topic of other similar medications that still help on focus but since they are longer releasing with less intense effects have less of a potential to be abused. This would be good for people with less severe ADHD to cut down on the amount of stronger ADHD meds that are currently being distributed. A problem I see with this is longer releasing drugs can effect sleep. I personally have friends who take drugs such as Vyvanse that are somewhat slow releasing. They will take it early in the morning and find themselves at 2am no being able to sleep. If they were to make drugs that last longer then people might find themselves not sleeping for days which would be very detrimental.

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US drug paranoia: meth epidemic overblown, media spread panic - study

US drug paranoia: meth epidemic overblown, media spread panic - study | Amphetamine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
It’s easy to fall for the emotional hysteria surrounding methamphetamine (or meth), but there is still no empirical evidence in support of the claims that meth causes physical deformities, rots
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This article was interesting because it was a little bit different than the other articles on this same topic because it is not as biased towards the, "drugs are bad no matter what," side. The person acknowledges that meth can be very dangerous. He also brings up the point that society and the media may exaggerate the drug and its effects. He compares it to the "crack scare," from the 80's. He brings in the stats that meth is still less used than other drugs such as heroin, coke, and marijuana. My only problem with this is that he accuses anti-drug folks of using little evidence when he does the exact same things. Either way I think that the exaggeration in the media is a valid pointing when formulating an opinion on drugs.

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The Mesa Press : Adderall abuse rising in college student circles

The Mesa Press : Adderall abuse rising in college student circles | Amphetamine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
The independent student news site of San Diego Mesa College
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This was an average article. It was honestly very similar to most articles on this topic. It talks about students views on this drug and how many students just see at as a good drug that can help get you work done, similar to taking a few cups of coffee. It also talks a little bit about the side effects it can have such as anxiety, and what sounds like withdrawal symptoms. The other thing it talks about is the social aspect. How there is an amount of peer pressure that can cause people to start using drugs like this because people around are using it, not necessarily other people saying to use it. 

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Stimulant Use Disorder: Amphetamine Type (e.g., methamphetamine) - Addictions

Stimulant Use Disorder: Amphetamine Type (e.g., methamphetamine) - Addictions | Amphetamine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
Amphetamines include stimulant drugs. These are amphetamine, dextroamphetamine, and methamphetamine, and appetite suppressants. Street names are speed, crystal meth, bennies, black beauties, crank, and dexies. People take these drugs orally, intravenously, or nasally.
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This article provides a good base of information for someone trying to understand amphetamines and stimulant use disorder. It identifies symptoms of amphetamine abuse and the side effects of using the drug. If anyone is trying to understand this disorder better this is a very good article to get an elementary knowledge of the subject. 

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Eliminating adderall abuse for finals

Eliminating adderall abuse for finals | Amphetamine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
Each one of us can think of at least one person who has taken Adderall to get through studying for that tough final or that 20-page research paper. It might even be you, the reader. 
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This is an interesting article focusing on how detrimental Adderal and ADHD medication can be. It says why from a physical and mental standpoint; how using drugs during stressful situations hinders the persons ability to deal with stress. Also how the drug is like meth. 

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Grand Valley Lanthorn :: Adderall: A poor man's cocaine

Grand Valley Lanthorn :: Adderall: A poor man's cocaine | Amphetamine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
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This article is similar to other articles on college students use of amphetamines. The on bit different is that it brings in the opinion of college faculty, the persons comment is that students should be careful with what they put in their body. This brings up the point of what will schools do about this growing problem. I could see school board people not wanting to do much about it because other than potentially negative press these drugs can greatly increase students productivity and grades which brings better rankings for the school. Hopefully this does not influence schools from making proper decisions about this drug. Being a student I find it interesting because there are many consequences for alcohol and weed but you never hear of someone getting searched or in trouble for ADHD meds. I think that this is an interesting point worth considering. 

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Amphetamines and related disorders - causes, DSM, functioning, effects, adults, withdrawal, drug, people

Amphetamines and related disorders - causes, DSM, functioning, effects, adults, withdrawal, drug, people | Amphetamine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
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This is a very comprehensive article that covers types of drug, abuse potential, physical effects, addiction, and treatment. A lot of this I have read about before. Something that this article includes that is not as often talked about is the use of designer or club drugs such as Ecstasy, MDMA, and MMA. These drugs are not talked about as often because they do not have the exact same effects of regular amphetamines or meth. They have a strong euphoric effect and are used primarily for party type situations. It is less known that the drugs are often amphetamines and very addictive. 

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Making Meth in Tennessee - YouTube

"Jeff the Chef" demonstrates how he makes meth using the dangerous "shake and bake" method. DRUGS, INC AIRS SUNDAYS at 9P.
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This article is a little less relevant to the actual disorder but I found found it really interesting because it depicts how sketchy and freakishly easy this drug is to make. Non-concentrate forms of meth such as chalk, crank, or in this case shake are still very addictive and dangerous and are very accessible because you do not need to be a chemist to make it. It is also very dangerous and unrefined for the cook (meth producer) and the user.

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The Cost of Achievement by Any Means Necessary | San Francisco Foghorn Newspaper

The Cost of Achievement by Any Means Necessary | San Francisco Foghorn Newspaper | Amphetamine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
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I really liked this article. The first half talked a lot about individual experiences and effects of prescription amphetamine use. IT was good because the stories where unbiased, showing how the drugs really had significant positive effects. It then brought into question the balance between the positive and the negative effects. Then elaboration on the anxiety and depression that ADHD meds can cause. Last it talks about society and ADHD meds. An interesting point is that since society is so hard on people, students turn for a drug that can help give them a competitive edge. Then it talks about how this is going to effect us further. I think this raises an interesting question of what are we going to do about this. I personally do not think that a solution to this lies around laws, but somehow creating a societal shift. 

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Crystal Meth Detox and Drug Rehabs

Crystal Meth Detox and Drug Rehabs | Amphetamine Use Disorder | Scoop.it
Crystal Meth has taken the United States by storm before rearing its ugly head in the early 1980’s. It use to be considered a working mans drug used by bikers and gang members. Now today Crystal Meth...
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This was a very good article. It was written from some amount from personal experience as well as other more personal information. One thing it talked about a little bit was the history of meth. How it started in California as regular methamphetamine and then people started making concentrated meth, aka crystal meth. This meth can have up to 90% purity which is significantly more potent than regular meth. This article also talks about the potential violent tendencies that meth induced psychosis. This brings another light to how this amphetamine abuse can harms others if people exert their violent tendencies.

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Methamphetamine use disorder: Epidemiology, clinical manifestations, course, assessment, and diagnosis

Methamphetamine is a psychostimulant that causes the release and blocks the reuptake of monoamine neurotransmitters, including dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin. Methamphetamine is most often smoked or snorted and is less commonly injected or i
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This article talks about methamphetamine and its effects. It is a fairly short bland article but gives a few interesting statistics. One such statistic is that amphetamines are the second most widely class or drug used in the world. I find this pretty interesting, I would assume it is because it is cheap and gives a long, intense high. Also the greater use of prescription amphetamines may contribute to this. This is appealing for many people who need to get their fix. It also breaks down the neurological aspect of amphetamines. This is something that many people do not look into and is a little to understand if you do not know the basics of neurotransmission. 

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