Fresh To Fatherhood, Channing Tatum Compares Dexedrine And Adderall To Cocaine And Crystal Meth

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channing tatum New York Premiere of "Side Effects" held at the AMC Lincoln Square TheaterNew dad Channing Tatum hasn’t been parenting for long but he’s already got some strong childrearing opinions. His big issue at present? Medicating children. Channing’s daughter Everly may only be three days old but papa vows that he won’t ever medicate his kid for learning disabilities. That’s all fine and dandy until he fashions his decisions for his own family into more broad statements about drug consumption. You know how this ends.

In a Vanity Fair profile, Channing shares his own experience being a medicated kid. Namely, how much he hated it. While he opens his statement assuring the reporter that he respects other people’s needs for meds, his elaboration suggests otherwise:

“I truly believe some people need medication,” he says. “I did not. I did better at school when I was on it, but it made me a zombie. You become obsessive. Dexedrine, Adderall. It’s like any other drug. It’s like coke, or crystal meth. The more you do, the less it works. For a time, it would work well. Then it worked less and my pain was more. I would go through wild bouts of depression, horrible comedowns. I understand why kids kill themselves. I absolutely do. You feel terrible. You feel soul-less. I’d never do it to my child.”

I suppose the much needed asterisk to Channing’s thoughts is that for him, Dexadrine and Adderall were like coke or crystal meth. For him, “it’s like any other drug.” At least, let’s hope. If anything, this might just clumsy actor wording. Nevertheless, the beginning of this statement and the end are in complete contradiction. What if Channing’s kid turns out to be one of those people who “needs medication”?

New parent blinders. They work wonders.

(photo: Andres Otero/