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<nyt_byline version="1.0" type=" "> </nyt_byline>By LIA MILLER (
<nyt_text> </nyt_text> Yes, its name is a double entendre, referring both to technology and to being high. But does Wired magazine really mean to promote drugs?
In the May issue, the main feature was “12 Ways to Super-Charge Your Brain.” On the cover, Steve Carell, the comedian, wears oversized electrodes on his head next to a headline that says, “Get Smarter!”
In a 15-page package, the magazine gives some mild advice to people who want to enhance their cognition: “Think Positive,” it advises, and “Distract Yourself.” Then there is a somewhat disarming chart: “Do the Right Drugs,” it recommends, laying out the pros and cons of eight drugs — some legal, some not — that it says can “boost your cognitive output.”

Six are prescription medications, like Adderall, a potentially addictive drug that is often prescribed to children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. But the list also includes nicotine, which, according to Wired, aids in “memory formation and attention.” And methamphetamine, which the magazine says can “increase concentration and creative output.”

Wired makes clear that it knows methamphetamine is illegal; in the “How to Get It” box, it advises readers to “tap the black market.” It also offers a disclaimer: “Anyone who takes a bushel of drugs based on our say-so must be high.”

Bob Cohn, Wired’s managing editor, said the feature was provocative but not irresponsible. “In the context, no one can seriously conclude that we are suggesting that Wired readers take these substances,” he said.
Given the magazine’s cheeky writing style, that may be lost. Under the description of what Adderall does, for instance, it says, “Often prescribed to A.D.H.D. patients (wink, wink).”

Mr. Cohn said that Wired, which is owned by Condé Nast and has a circulation of 650,000, does not have such sway over its readers. “I don’t think Wired could influence anyone to take meth,” he said, adding that the magazine’s goal was simply to report on “scientific evidence.”

As part of that reporting, the magazine warns that prolonged use of methamphetamine “can also make you stupid and crazy.”

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By Mathew Honan ( 04.21.08 | 6:00 PM
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Brains + drugs = fried eggs, right? Not always. Some pills can boost your cognitive output. But we at <cite>Wired</cite> aren't doctors. Anyone who takes a bushel of drugs based on our say-so must be high.


05-19-08, 11:51 AM
Irresponsible journalism like this (even tongue in cheek) just ******'s me off.

05-19-08, 12:01 PM
I agree. They aren't just making light of taking drugs. The hippy **** drivel of "everybody must get stoned" isn't news so they have to make fun of people with mental illness to sell their rag? Must be pretty desperate.

05-19-08, 12:24 PM
Irresponsible journalism like this (even tongue in cheek) just ******'s me off.

I agree! I read this story, and thought at the time how stupid it was. "Recommending" to seek out drugs on the black market is the epitome of irresponsible.:mad:

05-19-08, 12:38 PM
Not to mention that it's practically encouraging people to fake ADHD symptoms to get an Rx for Adderall. GREAT! Just what I need....

05-19-08, 01:23 PM
It's the uninformed that make ADHD, and it's treatment, look bad.

We are striving to be healthy, they are abusers.

05-19-08, 01:28 PM
The suggestion that people fake illness like ADHD really hurts legitimate ADHDers when they goto the doctor seeking effective treatments. Its already likely today that people in major pain go without pain medication due to all
the hoards of rednecks seeking "hillbilly heroin". The clinic closest to me has a sign on its front door telling what meds it will not prescribe: "stimulants, opiates, tranquilisers,etc".

05-19-08, 01:32 PM (

I just realized....that the little blue envelope....when clicked, launches a "Letter to the Editor" form @ Wired magazine. Now....what would a bunch of ADDers who're upset with this magazine's editorial choices do with this little envelope? :cool:

05-19-08, 09:24 PM
Perhaps there is a reason why it is small? .....

05-19-08, 09:33 PM
I don't really have a big problem with it.

It's an article about improving cognitive functions - the drugs they mention will do that.

I don't really see where they are encouraging people to fake ADD symptoms. This would be the main part I have a problem with.

I wouldn't say it's a list for getting high. It's just an article on improving cognitive function.

Anyways, making a big deal about it will only give them publicity. They acually have some good articles from time to time.

edit: I see now...the 'fake illness' coloured box thingo. Not good but a proper doctor should be able to tell if someone is faking ADD symptoms - unfortunately in USA you can just read out the symptoms list and get a script.

05-19-08, 09:50 PM
I wish they had an ad out like that when I was doing the wrong drugs....

...............All I knew was shut up, sit down, and pay attention.

at least I was allowed to be left handed,
.................w/o the slap my uncle before me got.

05-20-08, 11:37 PM
Read and weep:

Adderall Tips
How to Convince Your Shrink You Have ADD/ADHD (

<http:"" articles="" detail.php?article_id="8226&IBLOCK_ID=35&phrase_id=2980">I for one would like to see the Federal gov't "declare victory and get out" i.e. abolishing the DEA. The system simply doesn't work. Yes one should see a physician if one takes dextroamphetamine etc. But we should not have to pay an inflated price for what is an easily manufactured industrial chemical. There is no good reason why it should cost significantly more than aspirin.
(Is there any one out there who doesn't know that Adderal is merely a mix of 4 different amphetamine salts? It's a "proprietary mix" -- like Coca Cola... The only real innovation is the time release feature in the sustained release capsule.)

Yes I have heard the arguments against legalization -- and I remain unconvinced. I write as someone who has worked across the street from an open air drug market and with people with serious addictions. I can't believe that any change would be worse than the present situation.</http:>

Not to mention that it's practically encouraging people to fake ADHD symptoms to get an Rx for Adderall. GREAT! Just what I need....

05-22-08, 03:19 PM
Sigh . . . I don't know what's worse. The article in the post above mine makes me want to puke. Then again, my experience is very much in line with the author's. I could have faked it (and am, in fact, terrified that I might have; I mean I study the disorder!). The first Dr.'s office I went to, the shrink was glued to the computer screen the entire time and seemed to be going down mental checklists very quickly. I went in for what I thought was a screening interview (with neuropsych to follow) and left with a script for Adderall.