Adderall; are our college age children becoming addicted?
Adderall is a medication made of amphetamine salts that was originally given to patients who suffered from ADHD, and its effects improved their level of concentration. While this is a good thing overall, students have somehow found out that in the competitive world of college, the drug also helped them concentrate better and had other physiological effects that helped them keep their weight off as well.
The broader adoption of Adderall had to do with the drug manufacturers lofty goals for the amount of the drugs the public would be taking and the expansion of the drugs uses. Recently, a book called A.D.H.D. Nation described the explosion of the drugs use across college campuses.
A recent article published in the NY Times described one persons experience with Adderall usage, and how it affected their life, and had almost an addictive effect, so much so that this person had found that they had become dependent on the drug to manage their life in school, with the huge work loads.
For some of you who are still in school, this sentiment may resonate, as many students visit psychiatrists to get Adderall, or purchase the pills illegally. Everyone need that so called edge.
Check the article out here
Like many of my friends, I spent years using prescription stimulants to get through school and start my career. Then I tried to get off them.
By CASEY SCHWARTZOCT. 12, 2016
ave you ever been to Enfield? I had never even heard of it until I was 23 and living in London for graduate school. One afternoon, I received notification that a package whose arrival I had been anticipating for days had been bogged down in customs and was now in a FedEx warehouse in Enfield, an unremarkable London suburb. I was outside my flat within minutes of receiving this news and on the train to Enfield within the hour, staring through the window at the gray sky. The package in question, sent from Los Angeles, contained my monthly supply of Adderall.
Adderall, the brand name for a mixture of amphetamine salts, is more strictly regulated in Britain than in the United States, where, the year before, in 2005, I became one of the millions of Americans to be prescribed a stimulant medication.
The train to Enfield was hardly the greatest extreme to which I would go during the decade I was entangled with Adderall. I would open other people”™s medicine cabinets, root through trash cans where I had previously disposed of pills, write friends”™ college essays for barter. Once, while living in New Hampshire, I skipped a day of work to drive three hours each way to the health clinic where my prescription was still on file. Never was I more resourceful or unswerving than when I was devising ways to secure more Adderall.