The Crystal Meth Crisis: Addiction in America Goes Beyond Opioids

Throughout the first half of the 20th century, methamphetamine, sold as Desoxyn or Methedrine, was widely prescribed as a treatment for depression, lethargy, and obesity. The drug was freely and loosely approved for a wide array of Americans – from homemakers seeking to manage the seemingly insurmountable demands of their familial obligations, to truckers needing to stay awake for long hauls, to overweight Americans trying to shed a few pounds. This powerful stimulant provides the right chemistry to keep one energized, alert, and trim. And so prescriptions abounded.

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