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Dexidrine and methedrine or rainbow pills or speed these are drugs known as amphetamines and they can be extremely dangerous to an individual. The danger with fetta means is it does stimulate the individual to action and to a fearful action person is extremely fearful of those around him is fearful of situations events and more dangerously he acts on these fears. These individuals have been known not only to harm themselves but other people. I don't think we should over emphasize this point but it is one of the drugs in which is one of the few drugs in which other people are literally in danger. The speaker is Dr Everett Ellenwood. In a moment he talks about hallucinations and delusions suffered by the chronic users of amphetamines. Challenges in education presented by Duke University
here with today's feature is Charles brasse. The amphetamine abuser can eventually develop a psychosis. He becomes fearful suspicious and has an awareness of being watched. Dr. Everett Ellenwood an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke says amphetamines are used by many people. Their families are typically in common everyday use or pep pills students use these four to stay awake to study house wives use that to reduce with truck drivers use it to stay awake on long trips. Literally they are used both to keep one going and to reduce one's appetite. These are the primary uses of the drug. One of the problems associated with taking the drug is that users gradually increase the dosage the individual because of his increasing tolerance of the drug will
gradually increase the level of the dosage to the point that he gets up to using all 600 to upright perhaps a thousand milligrams of one of the effective means which in a normal person would would kill him. This is a dose that would probably probably kill most people if they took it initially for the first time. With these increasing doses most people will develop a psychosis. Dr. Ellenwood studies have indicated that the drug user reacts in a fearful way to sounds and imagined events that occur off to his side are behind him they are felonies that causes this temple. The fact that these people have visual auditory tactile hallucinations and also develop delusions and delusions are primarily ones of persecution which one often are usually seasoned in paranoid schizophrenia. This
is gross kind of paranoid idea that people are against some group or some individual is going to do harm to people suffering from this psychosis become intensely aware of small details and they have to examine these details even if they are imagined. We think certain kinds of grooming responses or behavior in which individual literally elucidates or feels that he has small bugs or mites or worms underneath the skin can also be stimulated by these drugs it is stimulated fairly often. I difficulty at this point is separating out the comparative weight of how much the person's basic personality contributes to the psychosis and how much stimulation of these arousal systems contributes to the psychosis.
With more research such as that by Dr. Ellenwood we may someday know what systems in the body cause this strange behavior. This is Charles Brazzaville with challenges and education from Duke University. This program was distributed by the national educational radio network
Challenges in education
Perils of chronic amphetamine use
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Duke University
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Program number 132 talks about the damages that amphetamine use can cause users.
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This series presents problems facing educators today.
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Host: Braswell, Charles
Interviewee: Ellinwood, Everett, Jr.
Producing Organization: Duke University
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Identifier: 61-35i-132 (National Association of Educational Broadcasters)
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Duration: 00:04:31
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