In America, Adderall is abused mostly by college students and young adults. An estimated 20-30% of all college students regularly abuse the drug, making it the most abused prescription medication in the country.
Adderall: The Most Commonly Abused Prescription Drug
The greatest rationalization for anyone to use prescription drugs is that they are, in fact, legal. Pending one is prescribed them. But the potential for abuse with drugs such as Adderall that contain amphetamine is astronomical. Adderall itself is one of the most recent prescription drugs to become available on the black market, and calling it merely an “upper” is an understatement. The drug is made of pure amphetamine.
The So-Called Benefits of Adderall
Obviously Adderall still has benefits despite its potential for abuse. It would not be pushed by Big Pharma if it did not. If someone is diagnosed correctly and the drug is used properly and in moderation, it can increase concentration and stamina, helping those who are affected by disorders such as ADHD remain stable and attentive. But the drug also contains a laundry list of side effects
The Issue of Self Diagnosis
Because of the sociological advertising produced by Big Pharma, many people believe now that they can diagnose themselves with almost anything. Assessing their symptoms, drawing conclusions and ultimately telling a doctor what they believe they need has become pervasive behavior in our own culture. Despite this, even a correct diagnosis is irrelevant for a drug such as Adderall. Many people skip the idea of diet and exercise, meditation practices and other holistic remedies for the ‘quick fix’.
“Side Effects of Adderall”
- Restlessness, insomnia
- Anxiety, irritation
- Bladder pain
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Frequent urge to urinate
- Lower back or side pain
- Dry mouth
- Lack or loss of strength
- Stomach pain
- Weight loss
How Adderall Affects Drug Addicts
For someone with a history of drug addiction, the danger is even worse. If one is known to have issues concerning drug addiction and dependency, taking Adderall for any reason, legitimately or not, should be strictly avoided. It is strongly urged that other drugs and remedies for disorders such as ADHD are looked into for an individual such as this. Non-stimulants such as Strattera are now used to treat ADHD and its symptoms, helping increase attention span and reducing impulsive behavior and hyperactivity.
This does not mean that everyone who tries or is prescribed Adderall will become dependent or addicted to the drug. But for those of us with a potential for addictive behavior, taking Adderall is like opening up Pandora’s Box. It is easy for someone to say that they will never try narcotics; that drugs such as methamphetamine would never be something they would even consider. But Adderall is so closely related to meth and speed that other than the way the drug looks before you ingest it, you would never know the difference from the effects. But the fact is, it is easier to take Adderall from a psychological standpoint because of the public perception of it being a legal and prescribed medication.