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Adderall Abuse

Adderall Empire: The Little Orange Pill That Delivers Fake Focus

Andrew K. Smith | Posted 08.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Andrew K. Smith

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.

Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You: Adderall Abuse

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

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.

The Alarming Rise Of Adderall In 2 Charts

Quartz | Roberto A. Ferdman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business

Quartz: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder—ADHD—is big business these days. It has become the most-diagnosed long-term disorder after ast...

Schumer: Kids Should Lay Off The Study Drugs

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 06.20.2013 | College

On Sunday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on administrators at the State University of New York and City University of New York systems, along wit...

Why Not Adderall for Finals Week?

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

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.

Using Study Drugs to Get Better Grades: Why You Should Think Twice

Her Campus | Posted 06.09.2013 | College
Her Campus

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.

Is an ADHD/Adderall Ice Age Ending?

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

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.

Thinking About Thinking

Chris Berdik | Posted 01.15.2013 | Science
Chris Berdik

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.

Who's Shrinking the Kids?

Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D. | Posted 08.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Marilyn Wedge, Ph.D.

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.

The Homework Pill

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 08.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

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.

Time to Prescribe the Right Cure

The Miami Hurricane | Posted 05.22.2012 | College
The Miami Hurricane

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.

Does America Really Have a Problem With Adderall Abuse?

Lawrence Diller, M.D. | Posted 01.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Diller, M.D.

America's challenge with Adderall is not unlike the much more public debate over the prescription opiates like Oxycontin and Vicodin.

Adderall Abuse Can Lead To Psychosis, Suicide

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

The May suicide of Vanderbilt student Kyle Craig shocked his friends and family. Described by his father as "focused, happy, achieving and social," Cr...