‘Smart’ Drug Meth Breaks Bad on Users.
In 1967: Speed Kills | In 2018: Meth as Cognitive Enhancer
| Same Drug, Same Side Effects, Upgraded 2018 Branding.
Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it.
The popularity of drugs – like fashion – goes through cycles.
Summer of Love, 1967
In the 1967, the Summer of Love bloomed in Haight-Ashbury. As a result, original resident hippies created the phrase: ‘Speed Kills’.
The Summer of Love was a social phenomenon that occurred during the summer of 1967, when as many as 100,000 people, mostly young people sporting hippie fashions of dress and behavior, converged in San Francisco’s neighborhood of Haight-Ashbury. Wikipedia
Thanks to the media converging on Haight-Ashbury to get colorful and controversial photo ops (there were many) – the San Francisco bay area district achieved instant ‘stardom’ and notoriety. And this was in an era before social media.
Various news reports promoted or trolled the ‘Be-in’ gatherings, Vietnam anti-war marches and a new counterculture message. Reporting on ‘hippies’ became a nightly national news staple.
Hippies expanded on a tradition of cultural dissent from bohemians and beatniks of the Beat Generation in the late 1950s. Many enduring cultural changes were brought into the national consciousness by the hippie counterculture. These new thought elements include Eco Awareness, environmental protection, Vietnam anti-war messages and a blooming of artistic creativity.
This era was a colorful explosion of the arts and music: unique, invigorating and exciting.
Arrival of the Drug Gangs – Darkness in Paradise
After reading about ‘Flower Power’ or watching one of the many documentaries on The Summer of Love – thousands of young people flocked to Haight-Ashbury.
Veterans of the ”Summer of Love” recall that at midsummer the anything-goes idyll began to turn dangerous. There was an upsurge of thefts, burglaries and violent crime; newcomers contracted venereal diseases. The newcomers experienced drug overdoses or were injured in violent drug turf battles.
The original hippie movement promoted peace, love, LSD and marijuana. Increasingly, drug cartels promoted meth and heroin. With so many potential customers gathered in one place – hard drugs were aggressively promoted to new arrivals. The naive newly arrived were generally easy prey for predators and the ‘new hype’ on meth and heroin.
The ‘hippie as commodity’ image presented in the media changed the basis for the hippie movement. Though the media was not solely responsible for the life and death of the hippie “movement,” the media coverage and promotion was a strong factor.
By the fall of 1967, pillars of the hippie community organized a “Death of the Hippies” funeral and three-day celebration ending on Oct. 6, 1967. The original philosophy of the hippie movement had been co-opted by speed, heroin, media coverage and the use of ‘hippie culture’ as a product sales tool.
2018 – Meth is Still a Killer
In 2018, ‘Functional Addiction‘ is becoming common in the Bay Area, Silicon Valley and other high pressure work environments. The temptation to ‘get an edge’ on the competition is always present.
In start-ups, workers are expected to work until projects are complete. This can mean working 24+ hours at a stretch.
Some tech workers set up sleeping bags or sleeping areas to be more comfortable when catching a few hours of rest at the office.
If discussing meth addiction, most visualize a desperate, grunged-out myth of depravity that is light years removed cutting edge tech campuses.
The fact is: Addiction can happen to anyone.
From Smart Drugs and Bio-Hacking to Drug Addiction
Because there is only so much coffee or energy drinks that can be consumed during a day – other substances are often sought to enhance performance. And there is a certain progression of use that we often see in our clients.
- Nootropics – Reputed to enhance brain activity for stamina and creativity. Most are legal but not well-tested.
- Adderall – Performance enhancer; amphetamine. Available by prescription only.
- LSD – Reputed to be a creativity enhancer in ‘micro’ doses. LSD is a classified Schedule I drug by the DEA.
Schedule I drugs are defined as no currently accepted medical use/high potential for abuse.
Penalties for possession of Schedule I drugs are the most severe.
- Crystal Methamphetamine (Crystal Meth) – Stamina booster.
Methamphetamine is classified as a Schedule II substance by the DEA under the Controlled Substances Act.
Possible side effects: paranoia, severe insomnia with possible hallucinations and induced psychosis.
- Opioids – Pain relief, relaxation. Available by prescription only.
Often used to alleviate the side effects of meth use.
- Heroin – Euphoria and pain relief. Often used to alleviate the side effects of meth use.
Heroin is classified as a Schedule II drug according to the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.
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