Everyone is curious about Adderall. Young people abuse it, adults are addicted to it, teachers wish their students would take it. For me, the little orange pills were nothing more than fake focus that robbed me of my creativity -- not quite the solution for someone aspiring to be a writer.
I've watched with worried vigilance for the past 15 years the growth in the use by adults of these potentially powerful and addictive drugs. Sadly, I believe only after stimulant abuse causes the deaths of enough young adults will we address this growing public health menace.
I don't blame Joe's family at all if they wind up using Adderall for finals. I just know my limits as to how far I can ethically participate in this epidemic. But I suspect the other doctor will have no problem filling the prescription.
What's a collegiette to do when it's midnight and she hasn't even started studying for that 8 a.m. exam yet? Several college students across the country have found a risky solution: study drugs. Used without a prescription, however, these drugs can be dangerous -- not to mention illegal.
The 5,000-word Times piece on the life and death by suicide of a young man, Richard Fee, addicted to Adderall (a form of prescription amphetamine), could represent a true thawing of what some feel has been a 20-year ADHD/Adderall Ice Age.
The people taking these drugs are worried about not keeping up. They reach for a quick fix, and in doing so they are certainly not alone. But, it's not just a lack of fortitude that leads these students to rely on chemicals for help. It's a lack of faith.
More articles like the one in the New York Times are needed to inform parents about the consequences of putting excessive pressure on their kids and readily giving them powerful psychiatric medications to improve their focus and their grades.
Some of these children may actually have ADD, but in most cases the M.D.s are simply justifying to the child, parents, school and insurance company the use of these universal performance-enhancing medications.
Although prescription drugs are harmful, they do have a purpose for people who have a reason to take them. This does not include taking Adderall to study for a test. Too much of anything is bad, even if it comes with a prescription.