Dr. Carl Hart is a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University in NYC. He was gifted some Adderall from a friend who has a prescription, his studies revolve around drugs and substances and their effects on human nature, the brain, behavior and long-term physical effects. On his 40th birthday back in 2006, he took one of the Adderall pills during a train ride on a D.C. subway that was unenthusiastically long and tiring. He says he felt alert, mentally stimulated, euphorically serene all at the same time. After the effects wore off after a few hours, he stated that he did not crave the drug, engage in any unusual behaviors or immediately feel strung out for the need for more… nothing typical of a “Meth-Head” So why the Meth Comparison?
Methamphetamine and d-amphetamine are nearly identical in their chemical make-up, so that’s first. They are both FDA approved drugs used to treat ADHD. Both drugs produce nearly the same effects as well, taking 10MG Adderall will probably provide you with the same effects as taking 10MG of Meth. And after years of studies and research, the results are the same, these drugs are way more alike then they are different and found when Meth was provided in a controlled scientific environment, it didn’t produce strung-out, addicted, “meth-mouth” zombies. D
r. Carl Hart admits that he was wrong about both drugs before conducting the study, just going off biases and what he says is the biggest problem, the media propaganda surrounding the drug. He does suggest that if you smoked Adderall, like street users smoke Meth, it may have a different stigma all together but at the end of the day, people are smoking homemade Meth, not taking meth in a pill form as prescribed by a doctor.
The end result is that the drugs are nearly identical and it’s the user that separates them. Hart also would like people to know that if you are currently taking Adderall, appropriately and prescribed, there is no reason to stop and you are not going to turn into a “Meth-Head” and that in that same token, Meth users need to be looked at with less judgment and more empathy.