Adderall is a prescription drug that is commonly abused by high school and college students who are looking for extra energy and ability to concentrate. It is a dangerous drug, however, and can quickly cause addiction.
Dangers of Adderall Abuse
Adderall is a stimulant that is made up of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It is often prescribed by doctors to help manage the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) by increasing the person’s ability to concentrate. In recent years, Adderall and other similar drugs have become popular as study drugs, abused by students who do not have an attention disorder but who want to improve their ability to study. These students will take Adderall to help them concentrate for a big test, and because it is a stimulant it also will help them stay awake for long hours to study.
- Increased blood pressure
- Increased heart rate
- Spike in body temperature
- Decrease appetite
Adderall Use Statistics
Adderall is a growing problem among students. Because this is one of the most prescribed stimulants in America, many people have access to Adderall. This drug is so common on college campuses that it is readily available to those that want to use it nonmedically. SAMHSA estimates that 6.4 percent of full-time college students age 18 to 22 used Adderall nonmedically in the past year.
Adderall is a drug that is often used in connection with other substances, making it even more dangerous. According to SAMHSA:
- Full-time college students who abused Adderall were three times as likely to have also used marijuana in the past year (79.9 percent vs. 27.2 percent).
- Nearly 30 percent of full-time students who abused Adderall had also used cocaine.
- Nearly 90 percent of college students who abuse Adderall also report binge drinking, and over 50 percent were regular heavy alcohol users.
Overcoming Adderall Addiction
Students who use Adderall as a study drug put themselves in danger every time they take a pill. In order to avoid the dangerous side effects of study drugs or the addiction that can so quickly take over, it is important to develop healthy study habits and stress management techniques during the high school and college years.
For those that have become addicted to Adderall, rehab is necessary. A treatment program that combines behavioral modification techniques along with counseling is the most effective way to recover from drug addiction.
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