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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    BRITAIN - The success of the popular television series Breaking Bad seems to have transcended pop culture across the globe. But this time around its implications are not necessarily positive as the show has been accused for the rise in crystal meth across the United Kingdom, reported the British publication, The Telegraph.

    According to the news publication parts of the European Union are now being flooded with methamphetamine, which is more commonly referred to as crystal meth. The highest reports so far have emerged from Germany where there has been a rise in the usage of the Class-A drug by an alarming 51 per cent. What is even more worrying for the authorities is the fact there has also been a surge in the attempts to smuggle the drug into the region by four times.

    Earlier this year, the British government released figures that stated that over the course of the past five years the seizures of the drug have quadrupled. Ellis Cashmore, a professor at the Staffordshire University and an author on media and culture, attributed the rise in this crystal meth culture to the phenomenal success enjoyed by Breaking Bad. “Although the show does not go out to glamorise the drug, its very inclusion promotes interest in that substance,” said the professor, reported the Telegraph.

    He further justified his claims by stating that one of the central characters of the show Jessie, who is portrayed by Aaron Paul, is shown to be an active user of the drug and the fact that Aaron Paul has now established himself as a Hollywood A-list celebrity and sex symbol has indirectly served to increase the people’s interest in the drug.

    The show even had an episode where the principal characters attempt to smuggle crystal meth from New Mexico to Prague. Breaking Bad was one of the major winners at the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards with five wins including Outstanding Drama Series. A spin-off series to the show is already in the works titled, Better Call Saul.

    The spin-off focuses on the life of the criminal lawyer, Saul Goodman six years prior to his appearance on Breaking Bad reported TIME. The series has been created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould with the latter also serving as the show runner. Bob Odenkirk will be seen reviving his character as the lawyer and, according to Vince Gilligan, the new show will follow the same hour-long drama format, reported Entertainment Weekly.

    Better Call Saul, which is slated to premiere in February 2015, has already been renewed for a second season with the first season comprising of 10 episodes.

    The Express Tribune/Nov. 8, 2014
    Newshawk Crew

    Author Bio

    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.


  1. Alfa
    Re: Breaking Bad Analysis Being Made Due to Increase in Europe's Methamphetamine Sale

    This is too funny. Let's blame a TV show and completely forget that there was a massive mephedrone & research chemical stimulant craze, which abruptly ended with a series of bans. Isn't it surprising that these bans are quickly followed increased availability and popularity of methamphetamine? Who could have seen that coming? :cool:
  2. chupamivergaguey
    Re: Breaking Bad Analysis Being Made Due to Increase in Europe's Methamphetamine Sale

    I would tend to agree with this professor -- that media can have effects on the drug use of the aggregate population. In years past the local news was responsible for alerting me to various drug crazes, such as salvia divinorum and later bath salts, which I immediately went out and tried. In the larger regression model, media probably bear between 1% and 5% of the blame (with local news carrying the lion's share of that blame), whereas things like lifestyle, social capital (particularly shady social capital), ideology, religiosity, drug history, family, and other variables account for another 30-40%. My understanding is that genetics tend to account for 50-60% of susceptibility to addiction.

    Last I checked, these people's genes, family history, ideology, and other intangibles are not available to watch on Netflix, so the armchair sociologist has to base armchair opinions on the information s/he has access to from the armchair.

    Oddly, nobody ever blames the enhanced sex for rises in meth use. I guess mindblowing orgasms don't make the best propaganda material.
  3. mr. trips marley
    Re: Breaking Bad Analysis Being Made Due to Increase in Europe's Methamphetamine Sale

    lol people are so easily influenced. On another note, I KNEW I recognized the actor that played Saul. The first place I saw Bob Odenkirk was on an episode of Spaceghost: Coast to Coast lol. I didn't even get around to watching breaking bad til just recently, within the past couple weeks. I'm pretty much done the second season.

    Alfa, it's funny that you mention the mephedrone and research chemical craze, cause I thought that was mainly an America thing. It was pretty much all you heard about over here for a while. At least like 2 years ago it was. The 25i family, mephedrone, spice blends, DOC, all that bullshit. When did the research chem outbreak in Europe start booming? Got me kinda curious now.

    Might as well have been a methamphetamine craze, most research chemicals aren't much better. People are gonna do drugs regardless obviously.
  4. mr. trips marley
    Re: Breaking Bad Analysis Being Made Due to Increase in Europe's Methamphetamine Sale

    I will say that Breaking Bad made Meth look pretty appetizing though lol
  5. RoboCodeine7610
    Re: Breaking Bad Analysis Being Made Due to Increase in Europe's Methamphetamine Sale

    Interesting theory.

    Could glee be the reason everyone's such a pussy now a days?

  6. mr. trips marley
    Re: Breaking Bad Analysis Being Made Due to Increase in Europe's Methamphetamine Sale

    Glee lol. spot on. My sister just started getting into that shit, and she was one of the last people i would expect
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