Most students do not realize Adderall is a Schedule II controlled substance
Adderall is a psychostimulant containing a cocktail of amphetamine salts and several other active ingredients to treat those diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D.) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D.) Those who suffer from the disorder have a low rate of beta waves producing slow-wave activity making it hard to focus Adderall increases brain wave activity
Students use Adderall as a “Study Drug” <ul><li>Increases ability to focus </li></ul><ul><li>Makes one more awake & alert </li></ul><ul><li>Allows students to stay up all night & study </li></ul>
Side Effects: <ul><li>Dry mouth </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty sleeping </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of appetite </li></ul><ul><li>Headaches </li></ul><ul><li>Anxiety </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional changes/Depression </li></ul>
According to a study co-funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIDA) Adderall has a high potential for abuse and addiction. It can cause: <ul><li>Seizures </li></ul><ul><li>Heart attacks </li></ul><ul><li>High blood pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Stroke </li></ul><ul><li>Death (in extreme cases) </li></ul>The risk for this is even higher when the product is being abused by someone who has not been prescribed it.
Adderall Abuse includes mixing alcohol with the drug According to 2008 study from Dalhouise University in Canada, when drinking on Adderall people think they are not as drunk but the alcohol still has the same affect on their body and can lead to alcohol poisoning without the person even realizing that they are wasted. Most cases of mixing medication with alcohol, around 80 percent, is when people take Adderall after they start drinking. Another study from 2006 by the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR) found that on college campuses, Adderall is typically snorted and used in combination with alcohol, yet it was least harmful when used alone to study.
Risk for Addiction The longer you take Adderall, the longer it takes to rid your system. Physiologically, it usually takes 2 weeks to a month for the brain to recover from a chemical dependency, but the mental battle can last for much longer. Side effects to Quitting include: * Mild-to-Severe Depression *Feelings of Worthlessness *Feeling Lethargic *Wanting to Sleep all of the time *An increased appetite *A lack of self-discipline *Sudden hatred for your day job