The list of deaths from the practice is long and oddly prestigious, featuring celebs such as John Belushi and Chris Farley, among many others.
Naturally, high-energy entrepreneurs are attracted to stimulants. At least until they begin to experience the toxicity associated with too much of a good thing.
Of course, if you work in addiction treatment, you probably see some of these same meds being abused by young adults, often beginning in college or grad school.
There’s an ongoing search among users for ways to either improve the high (which escalating tolerance threatens to steal away) or suppress the withdrawal symptoms.
That’s not so different from any number of celebrities who’ve died of accidental overdose in the years since the War ended.
The FDA usually comes down on the side of protecting patient access, while the CDC favors greater restriction on availability.