MEDS OF MANHATTAN
Oliver Sacks, the acclaimed British neurologist (and amateur chemist, hint hint) whose essays about prosopagnosia and other weird brain disorders have appeared in The New Yorker and several best-selling books, isn’t going to condone the use of hallucinogens as a way to get rid of headaches/gain insight into and empathy toward others/see pretty fractal patterns. But to paraphrase Hunter S. Thompson, it’s always worked for him, as he notes in a recent YouTube video posted to his account.
Back in May, The Observer heard from a web programmer, Brian, who works in Manhattan. He was bemoaning what was beginning to look like a citywide shortage of Adderall, the prescription amphetamine ostensibly prescribed to combat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, but which is commonly used by Manhattan professionals to supplement a diet of stimulants—legal or otherwise—that helps them power through the workday. “I had a horror of a time filling my last script. Duane Reade and CVS are both fucked citywide,” he explained.
It seems as if the problem is back.