Medicine: Unsafe at Any Speed

Speed kills. It really does. Amphetamine, methedrine, etc. can, and will, rot your teeth, freeze your mind and kill your body. The life expectancy of the average speed freak, from the first shot to the morgue, is less than five years. What a drag.

The editorial in the Boston psychedelic newspaper Avatar was to the point—and not all that far from the truth. Methedrine, a powerful amphetamine known to hippies as "speed," is fast becoming one of the freakiest and most dangerous ways of turning on in the drug users' pharmacopoeia.

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