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First Look: Documentary Take Your Pills

Living in a perscription nation

Netflix‘s Documentary Take Your Pills examines people who take Adderall.

Into each generation, a new drug comes on the scene and helps define it. In the hyper-stressed reality of today where society is continuously inundated with notifications, content, and new vices daily, the one thing that seems to be the saving grace of many is a little pill known as Adderall.

 Adderall, as defined by WebMD, is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – ADHD. It works by changing the amounts of certain natural substances in the brain. Amphetamine/dextroamphetamine belongs to a class of drugs known as stimulants. It can help increase your ability to pay attention, stay focused on an activity, and control behavior problems. It may also help you to organize your tasks and improve listening skills.

This drug is also used to treat a particular sleeping disorder (narcolepsy) to help you stay awake during the day. It should not be used to treat tiredness or to hold off sleep in people who do not have a sleep disorder.

Here is the synopsis of Netflix Documentary, Take Your Pills.

“Adderall, side effects may include being awesome at everything.” But at what cost?

The trailer for the documentary begins with a college student named Jasper explaining he didn’t even know what ADD was until after he was put on Adderall. Jasper had no understanding as to what it was except for that he needed it for school. Another college student, Ariana, explains she was shocked by how everyone seemed to be on the pill for various reasons. Sleeplessness, attention deficit, irritation, stress, etc.

Another interviewee explains how she takes the pill first thing in the morning. The pill initially takes about 40 minutes to take effect. She continues by saying she noticed her penmanship improved. The pill works with a bang with its takers often praising the effects of it. Someone even jokingly points to the side effects is being awesome at everything.

Every generation has had a drug to try to enhance their performance, for this generation its Adderall. An interviewee tries to point out that it’s not addictive like wine or marijuana, it is a performance enhancement supplement. People feel mounting pressures from work and or school to find something to help them get through the trials of everyday living.

Ariana points out we all have ADD, but we all don’t have a brain that functions like someone who indeed has ADHD. A doctor points out the horrible side effects of the pill such as cardiovascular risks and psychotic episodes. Still takers of the pill praise the effects it has had on their lives. Some even suggest they wouldn’t have been able to achieve what they have without it.

The focus on material progress and productivity has a price with which in the end we may not be able to live.

Take Your Pills was a SXSW 2018 Film Festival Official Selection. The documentary comes from the Academy Award-nominated producers of Abacus, Life Animated, and Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry. The film is executive produced by Maria Shriver and Christina Schwarzenegger and directed by Alison Klayman.

Take Your Pills arrives on the program queue March 16th, 2018.

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