Adderall is central nervous system stimulant. It works directly on the area of the brain that affects hyperactivity and impulse control. It is used to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Due to the explosion of ADHD diagnoses, Adderall prescriptions have increased. A study done by the National Institute of Health found that spending on ADHD medications worldwide increased by 274% from 1993 to 2003 with the US responsible for 83% of growth.
How Adderall Is Abused
Adderall is easy to obtain and relatively inexpensive. Adderall is abused in a variety of ways. The most common include the following:
- It is used as a study drug. It is commonly nicknamed “college crack” or “cognitive steroid.” Students who abuse the drug for studying purposes claim to be able to concentrate on their books for hours at a time and to do significantly better on exams.
- It is used as a party drug. Because Adderall contains dextroamphetamine, it creates a heightened state of confidence and can enable users to avoid sleep for extended periods.
- Adderall is used as a weight loss drug, as decreased appetite is a common side effect.
Signs of Adderall Abuse
Adderall abuse can be characterized by the following actions:
- Purchasing without a prescription through friends, a private dealer or through an Internet pharmacy
- Faking narcolepsy or ADHD symptoms in order to obtain a prescription
- Using Adderall for non-medical purposes such as boosting self-esteem, heightening productivity, or losing weight
- Taking more Adderall than prescribed or taking it more frequently
Adderall abuse can quickly turn into an addiction.
The Consequences of Adderall Abuse
Long-term effects of Adderall can be devastating. Problems include the following symptoms:
- Difficulty sleeping.
- Hostile feelings
- Energetic or state of mania
- Increased heart rate
- Body temperature
- Blood pressure
For some, the risk of other addictions can increase with Adderall use. Symptoms and side effects of Adderall addiction can persist after the use of the drug has stopped.
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