Adderall and College Students

Adderall has become the most abused prescription drug in America. "Adderall is abused mostly by college students and young adults. Estimates are that somewhere between 20-30 percent of college students regularly abuse Adderall." As many may know, the beneficial use is as a study aid to help students stay up and cram for an upcoming exam. People think these drugs have no side effects and that they have only positive effects to help their academics. However, "We need to educate this group that there could be serious adverse effects from taking these drugs and we don’t know much at all about their longterm health effects." 

"Adderall, the brand name for dextroamphetamine-amphetamine, does improve focus... but it can also cause sleep disruption and serious cardiovascular side effects, such as high blood pressure and stroke."

How should educating students of these possible side effects become more wide spread? 

"The number of prescriptions for Adderall has fallen and yet we are seeing more medical problems from its use. This suggests that the main driver of misuse and emergency room visits related to the drug is the result of diversion, people taking medication that is legitimately prescribed to someone else." How do we prevent this from happening? 

 

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-ronald-ricker-and-dr-venus-nicolino/adderall-the-most-abused_b_619549.html

http://www.futurity.org/college-students-adderall-1107612-2/

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