High, low of 'Breaking Bad' on-, off-screen
TV show-inspired teachers recreate a banned recreational drug, land in jail.
One of the arrested ‘speed’ profs had, in a university magazine interview earlier, said how much he enjoyed 'Breaking Bad'. So, the TV show being an ‘inspiration’ is very much on the cards.
Meth was synthesised way back in 1893 by Japanese chemist Nagai Nagayoshi. But no one had then thought of turning it into a ‘lifestyle’ drug. That came when, during World War 2, it became the (Nazi) party drug and started being (mis)used by the German armed forces as a performance- and wakefulness-enhancing drug. But in our times, crystal meth is identified as a seriously damaging drug, and up there on the substance abuse menu.
In this context, life imitating art may have laid the aftereffects of the professors’ meth-making addiction at the door of 'Breaking Bad'. Instead, the two culprits are behind bars and the TV show on Netflix. And the rest of us can take a chill pill.