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Are all the youths doing prescription meth now??

peering into the history of amphetamine panic

I follow the ADHD news cycle pretty closely, and the “big story” of the last couple weeks has been that 1 in 4 teenagers are mis-using prescription stimulants, according to a national survey. A CNN headline referred to it as a “wake-up call” and quoted a Yale pediatrician who said:

“We know this is happening in colleges. A major takeaway of the new study is that misuse and sharing of stimulant prescription medications is happening in middle and high schools.”

Sounds like a scary new threat! But, is it?? (lol no) Take my hand. To understand where we are, we must first see where we have been. To the archives! (


00:05 - my adhd news-gathering process

01:17 - “ADHD Medication Abuse in Schools is a Wake-up Call” CNN article

02:34 - “diversion”

03:59 - the medicine-drug divide

06:16 - NBC + ADDitude Mag coverage

08:02 - ADDitude Mag says: gatekeep, gaslight, girlboss!!!!!

8:40 - original press release for the 1 in 4 study

09:17 - some stats + facts on US amphetamine history

11:10 - going down the rabbit hole / pre-ADHD stories (1950-1980)

19:08 - post-ADHD stories (1980-2010)

24:54 - Monitoring the Future & history repeating

25:00 - Conclusions

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Critical ADHD Sluggies
Internet scholarship, discourse analysis, and critical takes on ADHD
Jesse Meadows