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Lecture 11

Drugs & Society Lecture 11 Notes (2.26.14)

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Northeastern University
SOCL 1295
Lisa Ferruccio

Lecture 11 1/15/14 11:48 AM Meth What does it mean to say that meth is supply-side vulnerable and how does that make it different from other drugs? • What unique policy options spring from this characteristic? What does it mean to say that meth distribution is personal, and how does that make it different from other drugs? • What unique policy challenges spring from this characteristic? Other questions… • Race? • Region? • Social class? Meth: Some Basics -Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant -It is created by using legal substances Effects: • Acute physiological effects: cardiovascular problems, brain damage o Emaciation, tooth decay/loss (meth mouth) • Psychological effects: stimulant psychosis: anxiety and paranoia, “speed bugs” • Other: poor personal hygiene and financial ruin are common as is violence and the neglect of children • Drug use results in physical and psychological dependence Faces of Meth Campaign -Sheriff in Portland took pictures of people’s faces as they progressively used meth and came in for multiple arrests, you can see the deterioration and neglect of health, malnutrition, physical scars, etc. -Frontline Video on Meth- Timeline 1919: Meth first synthesized in Japan for use in treating nasal decongestions, hay fever, and even common colds 1930s/40s: It arrived in the US and became widely available after it was distributed to soldiers during WWII to keep them attentive • Hitler was said to be addicted to meth; reportedly used 8x per day • Given to factory workers to increase productivity after the war (discontinued) 1950s: Meth became popular as an alertness or weight-loss aid—especially among college students, athletes, truck drivers 1970: Drug abuse and regulation control act set standards for security and recordkeeping for pharmaceuticals including meth, and use declined • Amphetamine’s key chemical, Phenyl-2-propanone, is put under federal control 198
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