Recently, the cannabis industry has come under fire for edible which might appeal to children, despite considering the fact that those edible treats are sold in dispensaries and only to adults that have proper ID. But, now the FDA just approved a candy-flavored amphetamine so-called Adzenys, which is much more dangerous for children that the cannabis treats yet it is being marketed towards them.
According to the recent statistics from the government, 75% of children that are diagnosed with ADHD are being treated with amphetamine-based drugs. That figure alone is astonishingly high, now render those drugs into a sweet, as well as easy-to-eat candy, and you have to question how prescription and overdose rates might change.
Even with a lower dose, amphetamines can include some of the following overdose effects:
- Increased heart rate and irregular heartbeat;
- Increased blood flow and unusual blood pressure;
- Alter the brain’s dopamine “reward” pathways;
- Tremors, shaking, twitching, and spasms;
- Rapid breathing;
- Aggressive behavior;
- Nausea and vomiting;
- Stomach cramping;
- Stomach cramping.
In rare cases, amphetamines can also induce convulsions, as well as coma and death. The list of short, as well as long-term side effects, is even longer.
Neos Therapeutics, the Dallas-based company behind the drug, has 125 sales representatives across the United States, and they also have “no problems” getting appointments with doctors interested in prescribing this new formulation.
There is no doubt that the drug is going to hit the market with vigor, but what are the consequences going to be?
There is an article written by Neuroscientist Dr. Carl L. Hart who is a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University, in which he explains it the best:
You should remember that methamphetamine, as well as d-amphetamine, are both FDA-approved medications for treating ADHD. Additionally, methamphetamine is also approved to treat obesity and d-amphetamine to treat narcolepsy.
In the interest of full disclosure, I also once believed that methamphetamine was far more dangerous than d-amphetamine, despite considering the fact that the chemical structure of the two drugs was nearly equal. In the late 90s, while I was a Ph.D. student, I was told, and I also fully believed that the addition of the methyl group to methamphetamine made it more lipid-soluble, which means that it can enter the brain more rapidly, and therefore more addictive than d-amphetamine is.
If you are not interested in reading the column, Hart compares the effects of Adderall to the effects of meth. He also draws a picture of a bias towards meth. What is his point? Adderall is dangerous, not just chemically but also with its cunning acceptance in mainstream society. People see methamphetamine as very dangerous, but they also accept Adderall and d-amphetamine as if they were perfectly normal. One drug cannot be condemned and take the other – that is not how it works.
Swayed by this messaging, the public remains almost entirely ignorant of the fact that methamphetamine produces nearly identical effects to those which are produced by the famous ADHD medication d-amphetamine (dextroamphetamine). You probably know it by another name – Adderall – it is a combination of amphetamine and d-amphetamine mixed salts.
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