Adderall – The College Student’s Pill of Choice

Adderall – The College Student’s Pill of Choice

While Adderall is an important medication for those suffering with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), there are others who find the medication to be useful for non-medical reasons. According to a recent post in NWTN Today, Adderall is being increasingly abused by college students.

In fact, a nationwide survey found that one in four college students have reported abusing Adderall – or amphetamine-dextroamphetamine – to stimulate the central nervous system by increasing the dopamine and morepinephrine amounts in the brain.

This drug is often preferred as it is designed to restore the balance of these neurotransmitters to the parts of the brain that control the ability to focus and pay attention. This can be very helpful for those who suffer with ADHD. It also makes the drug popular among those who have no attention problems. The enhanced ability to focus is the draw for students, enabling them to pull an “all nighter” to study for a test or finish a paper.

A University of Tennessee Law student said that not only undergraduate students abuse the drug. “Adderall is even more popular among law school students than it was in undergrad. The course work is more demanding and everyone is familiar with the magic of those pills,” the student explained.

According to SAMHSA’s Drug Abuse Warning Network for 2009, an estimated 7,873 drug-related emergency department visits involved Adderall. This drug is in the same category as OxyContin or cocaine in terms of potential for dependence.

One alarming study by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Substance Abuse found that nearly 90 percent of students who abuse Adderall have also binged on alcohol in the same month. Such students were also three times more likely to use marijuana, eight times more likely to use cocaine and five times more likely to use pain relievers, non-medically than students who do not use Adderall.

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