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Andrew Blitman likes to draw and write about philosophy, poetry, and science. The author of two books, he will graduate from the University of Miami in May 2014 with a Masters of Professional Science degree in Marine Affairs. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail him at thewrittenblit@gmail.com.

My Resignation Letter to the Editor

Due to a recent mistake, I have edited the statement I had made accusing drug abuse for the Adderall shortage, stating the true cause for and state of it in bold.

A month ago, the editorial board condemned Lance Armstrong for his use of performance-enhancing drugs in the Tour de France. This week, the Miami Hurricane unashamedly encouraged its readers to abuse performance-enhancing prescription medications, telling students that it’s okay to take the alleged psychological equivalent of steroids. In doing so, my beloved paper sold its professional image for ratings.

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a serious psychological malady which has been trivialized by popular culture. There are rules and criteria for the disorder which should not be overlooked, such as vulnerability to distraction, extreme forgetfulness, lack of attentiveness, and dislike of activities that require pronounced mental effort. In order for an individual to be diagnosed, these symptoms (and at least two other unlisted criteria) must present themselves in at least two different social settings and cause noticeable impairments over a period of six months.

ADD symptoms are commonly treated with stimulant medications like Adderall, Concerta, and Vyvanse, which have side effects as far apart in magnitude as dry mouth and epilepsy-grade seizures. Furthermore, these drugs are amphetamines, commonly used in the synthesis of crystal meth. Because of these side effects (as well as the ethical implications surrounding the drugs), I waited years to fill my prescriptions. I was so reluctant that I avoided the subject throughout my undergraduate experience. Though I suffered academically and professionally, I still did okay.

Drugs like Adderall are dangerous and controversial. Last year there was a shortage because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limited the drug’s main ingredient. They’re also unethical; the prevalence of jacked-up super-students makes it harder for people with ADD to compete (or even catch up) in school settings and in the workplace. By promoting cheating and Adderall abuse (or articles by people who do those things), The Miami Hurricane only complicated their situation.

As an idealist, I believe that all people must take responsibility for their ideas, words, and actions. As a writer, I believe that journalism must be used to hold society accountable for those things and their consequences. The press exists to spread enlightenment to the masses through the truthful, fair, comprehensive, and tasteful analysis of relevant events and issues. Because the newspaper has shown itself inconsistent with these standards, I hereby resign from the Miami Hurricane.

Thank you for your readership,

Andrew Blitman

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2 Comments on “My Resignation Letter to the Editor”

  1. Raymond L. November 14, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    As a fellow opinion columnist, I endorse your decision and statements. This is an embarrassment for The Hurricane. We demand a complete retraction from The Hurricane.

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  2. Andrew Blitman November 16, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    I would like to announce that I made a mistake about the Adderall shortage. Though there WAS one in 2011 that persisted into 2012, the shortage was not caused by Adderall abusers. It was a bottleneck caused by the FDA limiting one of Adderall’s main ingredients. For more, here’s one of the sources:

    http://health.yahoo.net/news/s/nm/insight-shortage-of-adhd-drug-adderall-seen-persisting-in-2012

    I am sorry for jumping to conclusions on that point,

    Andrew Blitman

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