Have You Taken Adderall Lately??
Posted: April 30, 2015
Adderall has been used for many years to treat those suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Narcolepsy. When used to treat these disorders Adderall can help the user function properly by helping ADHD patients focus by increasing their attention span and Narcolepsy patients by decreasing their sleep episodes during the day. Adderall is composed of amphetamine salts that effect brain functioning by increasing neurotransmitter activity. Adderall has long been known to treat these disorders and improve symptoms associated with ADHD and Narcolepsy but the younger generation (ranging from high school through college) has been at an increased risk to obtain and begin abusing this drug.
Due to Adderall’s success in helping people stay awake and remain focused it is quickly becoming known as the study drug, and young people in school are starting to become dependent on it in an effort to study and get good grades. As a recent college graduate, I saw firsthand how many people were obtaining Adderall to “help them pass a test,” and quickly becoming dependent on it; using any excuse to take the drug. Unfortunately Adderall use by those who are not prescribed it for medical reasons is on the rise among young people who buy it on the street for prices ranging anywhere from $3 to $12 a pill (mostly dependent among how many milligrams it is). The side effects for those who are not prescribed this drug can be detrimental. When you are prescribed Adderall you must see your doctor in person every month in order to obtain a new script due to its classification as a schedule 2 drug (implicating its high potential for abuse). When seeing your doctor he/she can monitor any serious side effects that are known to occur among users such as irregular heartbeat, restlessness, insomnia, and decreased appetite; to name a few.
College students are among the highest non-prescribed Adderall users which is understandable given the tough workload many students face, but also troubling because of unpleasant long-term side effects it has on the brain. Students are in college in an effort to gain knowledge and believe their reasons for taking Adderall are justified and all for the right reasons, but do not realize when they are becoming dependent on it or the negative effects it may present when use of it is stopped. Many recreational users explain the effects of Adderall as being similar to drinking several cups of coffee-increasing alertness and the ability to focus but this is simply not the case. Adderall effects several neurotransmitters in the brain leading to over activity in those who do not suffer from diseases such as ADHD and as the saying goes what goes up, must come down. Many users experience a “crash” once the effects of Adderall begin to wear off. Even if the recreational user doesn’t experience a crash, over long term use, the brain becomes dependent on receiving the drug to function and without it levels of neurotransmitters that effect activity may begin to drop lower than before you ever used Adderall.
Overall Adderall is used to treat disorders such as ADHD and Narcolepsy. Although you may be thinking I have a hard time concentrating so I’m going to take Adderall because I know I need it, you are not a doctor and should definitely discuss this with a healthcare professional. Many college users feel as if they are not doing anything wrong because they’re not using it to get high but rather to do well in school. The long term effects of Adderall use among those who are not prescribed it can be very disruptive and negatively impact regular activity in the brain. Think twice before using any drug that is not prescribed to you, especially Adderall. Just because the reasons for using Adderall may not be to “get high,” that doesn’t mean its ok to use it. The potential for abuse is high, we want students in college to gain the life and educational skills needed to be successful not to become dependent or an abuser of this drug later down the road.