Speed Bumps

“Twenty years ago, it was tough to find a job that was both simultaneously boring and focus-demanding. Professional baseball comes to mind. And those guys took so many ‘greenies’ that clubhouses offered two pots of coffee—a regular one marked ‘unleaded’ and a “leaded” one with amphetamines. But today, even some Los Angeles staffers admit to having popped pills to compete: Fashion writer Merle Ginsberg, who was a judge on the first two seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race, went to a psychiatrist to treat her depression. He put her on antidepressants but, to her surprise, also suggested throwing in Adderall.” Joel Stein in LA Mag: How L.A. Got Hooked on Adderall. “As America runs on Dunkin’, Los Angeles runs on speed.”

+ “The study comes at a time when the number of overdose deaths in the US has exploded to more than 100,000 a year due to the huge amounts of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids saturating the nation’s drug supply. Fentanyl is as much as 100 times more potent than morphine and, as Palamar notes, one small baggie of the stuff can contain enough of the drug to kill hundreds of people.” Number of fentanyl-filled pills seized by US law enforcement up 4,850%.

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