RID­ING HIGH ON DRUG WAVE

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WE’RE in the midst of a suc­cess epi­demic. We want to be faster, stronger, bet­ter, more ef­fi­cient. And pre­scrip­tion medicines such as Ad­der­all and Ri­talin are the “magic” drugs al­low­ing us to do it.

In Amer­ica, th­ese pills – with am­phet­a­mine and meth, re­spec­tively, as ac­tive in­gre­di­ents – are be­ing pre­scribed to tiny chil­dren and abused by adults.

Award-win­ning doc­u­men­tar­ian Ali­son Klay­man in­ves­ti­gates the pill-pop­ping epi­demic sweep­ing Amer­ica and the scope of the na­tion’s ad­dic­tion. From hy­per­ac­tive kids to high-achiev­ing univer­sity stu­dents, Wall Street and Sil­i­con Val­ley work­ers to high-pro­file sports play­ers, this is a na­tion hooked.

And if pop­ping a pill is all it takes to feel like a “su­per­hero”, it’s no sur­prise use has sky­rock­eted. But, as Klay­man dis­cov­ers, what goes up …

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