Those pesky Legalizers sure have a good imagination, don't they?
You might have seen this picture being circulated with a pretty scary story along with it. Telling you that the FDA has recently approved candy flavored Meth to treat kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), but is there any truth to this scare tactic or is it just another ploy to make marijuana edibles looks more appealing? A little research and one will find that NO the FDA did not approve Meth for kids.
The story first appeared in High Times which is a publication for stoners to play the victim because the Big Bad Government is wanting to imprison all of them for possession. In the High Times story they describe the medication as " The drug, which is essentially extended release gummy meth" . The Drug in question is actually called Adzenys XR-ODT™ and it is an amphetamine based medication which is approved for children as young as 6 years old, but it is not specifically for kids. Just because it is an amphetamine does not mean that it is the equivalent to Meth by any means. Meth Amphetamines are a street drug made with just about everything under the kitchen sink, this medication is not.
The High Times article likes to attack the fruit flavoring of the medication and that it is a gummy to entice kids to take it more. The truth is, according to the website the pill is an orange flavored "extended-release orally disintegrating tablet" (Pictured left). I don't know if you've ever tried to give a kid their medicine or even a vitamin before, but it's not an easy task. Most don't like the bland flavor, nor do they like having to swallow pill. Fruit flavored disintegrating medication is not new to the market and definitely isn't trying to get kids hook on the stuff.
Other stories that have spurred off from the High Times original have taken the fear tactics to a higher extreme by saying that "Now it's even easier (and tastier) for children to become addicted to drugs." Reading more of this article you would almost think that the FDA was trying to get your children hooked on speed, but common sense should kick in and tell you that these drugs are nothing new either. Doctors have been prescribing Adrenaline or Amphetamine based drugs for decades now. Most of which come with warnings of potential for abuse and other side effects that were identified during clinical trials. Yes clinical trials, you know that thing that marijuana keeps trying to skip out on.
I don't find it coincidental that a story like this breaks in the time when marijuana edibles are taking center stage for their targeting of children with their look of regular candy and gummies. What I find funny about all of this is that the picture being floated around with these scary stories (Pictured above with title) is actually a picture of a marijuana edible. Colorado, Oregon and Washington are all looking at the issue with how attractive marijuana edibles are to children and also how dangerous the high THC potency is to their developing brains.
I know that this article will be misconstrued as me condoning prescription drug abuse by children, but it's not. I spent most of my childhood on medications not too different from Adzenys XR-ODT. To this day I don't even like taking Aspirin or Tylenol because it brings back memories of how I felt when I was taking those meds. I also remember how nasty most of them tasted and I wish I had an Orange flavored pill that had dissolved. When it comes to kids taking medication it is up to the parents and the doctors to monitor the kids while they are taking the prescription. The parents need to let the doctor know if they notice signs of dependence in their child so they can be weaned off before it gets worse.
The marijuana industry will stop at nothing to try and make their drug look better. What we're finding out more and more everyday is that this is not a movement about personal freedoms as much as it is about Addiction for Profit. And what have we found about Addiction for Profit industries before? The tobacco and Alcohol industries lied through their teeth to get the next generation of users hooked on their product. We can't let the marijuana industry be the next to entice out kids into addiction.