#DrugFactFriday: Adderall & Vyvanse

Terry Gotham:

Ravelrie is coming at you with a pile of information on Adderall, Vyvanse & Focalin! Get at it and my article so you can be prepared for the #DFF today on them! See everyone at 4:30pm using the hashtag #AddyVy!

Originally posted on ravelrie:

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This week, for our dialogue series, we decided to profile two of the most used, abused, and revered AD(H)D medications: Adderall and Vyvanse.

The over-diagnosing and prescribing of these medications have led people to call it an epidemic, or question if some students are over-achievers, or if they have the help of “brain boosting” medications like Adderall and Vyvanse.

The effects of these two high-profile medications are two-fold; not only do they help you focus, but they also curb your appetite.  In a society that places so much emphasis on a thin, trim physique with a high powered job that requires extreme-laser focus in order to get ahead, it’s no wonder that some are dubbing the abuse of these medications, which are popped like candy at all levels from middle and high school students, to soccer moms, to high powered executives, our generation’s amphetamine crisis.

Yes, when prescribed, and then…

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Adderall, Vyvanse & Brain Doping

With 5.3%of college students currently prescribed ADHD medications, Adderall & its newer, “difficult to abuse” progeny, Vyvanse have just been used in massive quantities all over the country to get heads through finals. There’s a beautiful round up of how Adderall is used/discussed in digital spaces by Tazin Karim Daniels here. While plenty of people are going to hem and haw about it, if 47% of 12th graders say it would be “easy” to obtain this stuff, let’s take our heads out of the sand and try and understand why.

In a word, pressure. When kids & adults take the stuff to study/test/work, it helps. This is the elephant in the room in campuses across the country, and people have begun to speak out about it. From something called the College Life study, a longitudinal (read: over many years) study, 61.8% of college students are offered Adderall or Ritalin at some point in their college careers. 31% have used it. This isn’t a cigarette, or pot, this is a prescription designer stimulant, that 1 in 3 have used at some point in their academic career. And they say it’s easier to get than pot. We can shake our fingers at the kids, but with heroes like Lance Armstrong, and a scattershot of relevant baseball players from the last 25 years, who are we to judge?

And they can facilitate achievement. I’ve treated investment bankers who take Adderall to find a competitive edge. And sometimes it works. Medical residents (who you might think might know better) routinely take attention-deficit-disorder medication so they can keep up. And sometimes it helps. Young associates at prestigious (read extraordinarily competitive) law firms going into “trial mode” often pack a vial of Adderall along with boxes of documents, flow-charts, and a new suit. And sometimes they are the ones who make partner.
~Forbes 2/10/13

More and more people will try to do for their attention, concentration, and memory what Lance Armstrong did for his athletic endurance.
~Forbes 2/10/13

Here’s another article from Forbes that provides surprisingly harm reduction focused info on Adderall use for career/life enchancement, or as he terms it “Brain Doping.” There’s some decent information and he does slam home the point that this is the equivalent of using steroids, except for your brain. It might be safer than rocking anabolics until your balls drop off, but it is definitely not a free lunch.

Let’s not think burners, ravers or creatives are immune to this stuff. I’ve seen event managers/producers use this stuff to stay up, focused & alert while everyone’s running around in capes & footie pajamas. We’ve all seen festie kids who haven’t slept in days but they’re grinding their teeth a bit less than the ones who have been snorting crank. This is because Adderall is a more modern & therefore “designer” drug than amphetamine. We’re better at manipulating chemical structures now. And Vyvanse is a perfect example of this.

Vyvanse is an interesting sequel to adderall. Many claim that this is just a cheap “sequel” to keep Adderall on patent & and keep the dominant script out of the hands of the generic market (which happened to Adderall in 2009). However, an interesting shows up in the trip reports if you take a look at the accounts of it. Unless you’re willing to hydrolize the drug, essentially replacing your liver & stomach in the chemical process, you can’t speed up the effects. Like, you can snort it until your nose falls off, it’s still taking 12-14hrs, because the process requires your GI tract to turn it into the stimulant you need. (Those people are a reminder why this article is in a category called This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things.)

To be clear, Vyvanse & Adderall are incredibly effective at treating ADHD, and ADHD is still improperly diagnosed with many children that have it not receiving proper care. However, this brings up a crucial ethical question. This is explained masterfully by Joseph Maxwell, but I’ll give the rough example he does to help illustrate the problem (apologies for gross oversimplification for the sake of expediency).

Student X is ‘normal’.
Student Y is diagnosed with ADHD.
On his own, X achieves a 3.2 GPA.
On his own, Y is only capable of achieving a 2.5 GPA, clearly less than X.
However, since he is prescribed to Adderall, Y is able to achieve a 3.5 GPA.
If X had access to Adderall, he could have achieved a 3.8 GPA
It is clear that Y ultimately out-performs X because of the Adderall boost.
~Populi Magazine, Joseph Maxwell

This is a question we all have to ask ourselves. Every college kid is, every lawyer, doctor, stock broker, and still millions more are. What do you think? Should we still prescribe it, knowing that it’s being used for performance enhancement? Should we not, keeping many neurodiverse individuals from living full, healthy lives? Do you know people that take it recreationally or for performance enhancement? Join ravelrie, NY DanceSafe, Stay Safe Seattle & I on Twitter at 4:30pm EST/1:30 PST to talk about this!

Midnight Music: Flume ft. Andrew Wyatt – Some Minds [Future]

Flume ft. Andrew Wyatt – Some Minds

Flume is back! Stop what you’re doing and listen to this song/watch this video. The music video is hauntingly effective at showcasing the increasingly complex sound Flume is known for the world over. There’s a lot of what looks like drone footage, juxtaposed with Flume moving along the way the heads in DBZ float around. There’s a reverence for the performance hall, specifically the Sydney Opera House in this. It matches the echoic, soulful future vibe of the track perfectly. Andrew Wyatt’s impressive chops support the “almost breaks it’s so future” provided by Flume in a way that is amazing.

And then 3:15 happens and he blows us and that away. The transition into the drip drop synth work is shocking and reminds us that he’s never to be underestimated or even anticipated. The movements seem to organically shift as the video effects person Flume got clearly knew what they were doing. It’s silky smooth, contrasted with the jutting nature of the synth. Absolutely magnificent. But, what did you expect. It’s Flume. If you do one thing this summer, pay money to see Flume. I know you won’t be disappointed.

Midburn Damaged Ancient Site

Terry Gotham:

So maybe when an archaeologist tells you not to remove coals manually, and not to burn the temple to the ground on an ancient site of antiquity from the Middle Paleolithic period, you should listen.

It also had 2 unexploded bombs that needed to be defused during the event.

All in all, sounds like a party. Maybe chill with the Temple burn on a site of antiquity next time.

Originally posted on Burners.Me: Me, Burners and The Man:

Image: The Guardian Image: The Guardian

So much for Leave No Trace. Apparently Midburn damaged, perhaps even destroyed, a cultural site  150,000 years old. Ironically, they erected their Temple right above the site.

From Asssociated Press:

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli Antiquities Authority says revelers at a Burning Man festival famous for its pyrotechnic spectacles have accidentally torched some remnants of prehistoric man.

Archaeologist Yoram Haimi says organizers of Midburn, an Israeli affiliate of the Nevada carnival, burned a wooden temple Saturday on a hilltop scattered with flint tools from the Paleolithic, Neolithic and Chalcolithic periods.

The site was discovered 30 years ago by an Israeli archaeologist. The area is not marked with signs and it is hard to see the ancient remains. He says the extent of the damage is unclear.

Eyal Marcus, Midburn spokesman, said antiquities officials only approached organizers in the middle of the festival.

“We are sorry,” Marcus…

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Big Bird + Big Pun = A Big Yellow Player

Some magnificent bastard named Benjamin Roberts mashed up Big Bird from Sesame Street with Big Pun from THE STREETS. Each time someone posts a video of Muppets rapping, an angel gets its wings. That probably just means giving angels Red Bull these days, you know, what with the economy. But honestly, this is cleverly edited, and short enough that it doesn’t get gimmicky or overwrought. 68 seconds of kid friendly comedy gold. This is the same guy who did Rick & Morty + Eminem & Earl Sinclair rocking Hypnotize. And if you haven’t seen those, they’re below. Because I like you and think you deserve nice things. All of this is made of win, and you have Ben Roberts to thank for it. So go do that, any time really.

Midnight Music: Major Lazer x Dj Snake ft. Mo – Lean On (Kamil Remix)

Major Lazer x DJ Snake ft. MO - Lean On (Kamil Remix)Kamil from Azerbaijan continues to earn my respect from thousands of miles away. His jovial, hopeful outlook has given him success in remixing a lot of tracks where others fail. I’m now going to specifically wait for Kamil remixes when new dope anthems get dropped, because I know that there’s going to be some fun, funky remix coming. Something not too serious, that wears colors other than black & you can dance to. This is a strong competitor for the best DJ Snake mix I’ve ever heard, so if diplo, Major Lazer, DJ Snake or Mo want to discover this guy and get him on a Mad Decent tour that would be excellent. Get at the rest of his tracks, especially the stupendous Disclosure remix.   

Midnight Music: Jaymes Young & Phoebe Ryan – We Won’t [Vocal Indie]

Jaymes Young is the He Man to Phoebe Ryan’s She-Ra in the Eternia that is Indie Soundcloud. Now that we’ve put that exceptionally tortured metaphor behind us, this track is exquisite. Phoebe Ryan joins Jaymes for one of the best duets since that summer we were all singing about “now you’re just somebody that I used to know.” This skill when it comes to lyrical genius and tonal perfection from both singers is second to none, and I really do believe both of these artist need solo pop careers. Each has been featured on this site before, Jaymes earning an Earworm of the Month tip, with Phoebe being my Valentine’s Day release. The mastering is second to none as usual, so I really hope this goes le viral.