A recent trend has been developing over the last couple years amongst high school and college students – the abuse of “study drugs” like Adderall.
Adderall, which was originally a psychotropic drug prescribed to treat ADHD and narcolepsy, is now being used by students as a study drug to increase mental focus and drive while studying. The only problem is that many students are not just using the drug for study but are falling into the trap of addiction to these substances.
Adderall is an amphetamine and can be highly addictive. The federal government lists it as a schedule II drug. Drugs in this category have, according to U.S. law “the highest abuse potential and dependence profile of all drugs that have medical utility.”
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 6.5 percent of high school seniors have misused Adderall. Students who have prescriptions are discovering that they can exchange Adderall for money or other drugs despite the fact that it is a felony to give out pharmaceutical drugs or to possess them without a prescription.
Perception That Drug Isn’t Harmful Forwards Abuse
One of the biggest obstacles that anti-drug agencies are running into in the fight to curb the abuse of study drugs like Adderall is perception.
According to research done at the University of Kentucky, Adderall is considered slightly more dangerous than Mountain Dew and much safer than alcohol or smoking. This however could not be further from the truth.
Information indicates that Adderall is abused more than marijuana by college students and most students report that it is easier to get. In fact more than 30% of college students have used a study drug.
Some students feel that taking these drugs will cause them to be more driven so they can focus on studying and nothing else. In addition, he general consensus and what is being promoted amongst students taking these drugs is that they are beneficial and not dangerous. There is however a missing voice in the whole matter, the people who started using the drug to increase their studying abilities and now are addicted to the drug, using it in all aspects of their life.
Even college professors are worried about this growing problem and fear that being under the influence when learning will create a problem where students cannot remember or apply what they have been taught.
The Real Problem & Risks
Study drugs like Ritalin and Adderall can produce jitters, headaches, stomach problems or even lead to psychosis. Not to mention the complications that these drugs can cause when mixed with alcohol and other substances. Many have used them with alcohol, sending them to alcohol rehab.
And though substances like Mountain Dew or cigarettes do not do that, the perception of drugs such as Adderall is so far from reality, that they are being put on the same level in terms of how safe they are – nothing could be further from the truth.
Just as it was 35 years ago, the names of the amphetamines have changed but the results are the same, one of the most popular right now being Adderall. Amphetamines are one of the most addictive drugs that drug and alcohol rehab centers deal with across the country. Those abusing them require alcohol or drug rehab just like anyone else who is taking an illicit or prescription drug and abusing it.
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