Destroy All Rational Thought

# There is a widespread myth that, while Dexedrine acts as stimulant in people without ADHD, it causes the opposite reaction in those with the condition. This may have arisen due to a misconception that the drug is a sedative for hyper-active schoolchildren. Rather than true sedation, this is a result of increased mental alertness aiding the user in focusing on a given task for extended periods of time.
# The British band Dexys Midnight Runners derives their name from this drug.
# Jim Bouton makes mention of Dexedrine use in major league baseball (under the street name “greenies”) in his book Ball Four (1970).
# Michael Herr’s book Dispatches (1968) tells of a soldier in the Vietnam War using Dexedrine.
# In William Gibson’s novel Neuromancer (1984), the main character, Case, is addicted to an amphetamine described as “Dex”.
# Bob Fosse’s film All That Jazz (1979) shows main character Joe Gideon using Dexedrine.
# The younger protagonists of Hubert Selby Jr.’s Requiem for a Dream take Dexedrine recreationally in both the novel and motion picture.
# Melissa Joan Hart uses dexedrine every day to treat hyperactivity.
# In the beginning of the film Withnail and I, both Marwood and Withnail are in the midst of an amphetamine binge and the two escape to the countryside in an attempt to escape the “unusual” feelings brought on by the drug.
# Catherine Wheel’s album Chrome is essentially the narrative of an amphetamine-addicted individual. Songs such as “Crank” illustrate this point.
# The brand name Dexedrine should not be confused with Dexatrim, an over-the-counter weightloss supplement which does not contain amphetamine.
Notable users
# Allen Ginsberg was a frequent user of amphetamines, including Dexedrine. When he died, pundit George Will wrote this of one his most famous poems, published in 1956: “He composed ‘Howl’ with the help of a cocktail of peyote, amphetamines and Dexedrine”.
# Steven Watson, in The Birth of the Beat Generation (2002), reports that Jack Kerouac died in 1969 “addicted to Johnnie Walker Red and Dexedrine.”
# Mathematician Paul Erdõs was a heavy user of amphetamines in his later life. When a friend bet him he could not abstain for a month, Erdõs won the bet but complained that the progress of mathematics had been delayed by a month.

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