Adderall Abuse with Students

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

It's the current drug of choice for many college and high school students. A drug that is prescribed by physicians is ending up in the hands of students who medically don't need it.

In the past it's been caffeine that got students through a test, but now some students are taking a pill called Adderall.

"I've been on Adderall for about one semester now," said Brendon Hoover, a Western Kentucky University junior.

Hoover is prescribed to be on this drug.

"My serotonin chemicals are off in my head. They're lower than what they're supposed to be," Hoover said.

The prescription drug helps to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and that's exactly why Hoover said he takes Adderall.

"What this chemical does is it brings up the level in my head," Hoover said.

Students nationwide, especially college students, are getting their hands on this prescribed drug. WBKO even talked to some students on WKU's campus, who wouldn't go on camera, but are taking the drug to stay alert during finals.

"I think it's becoming the study drug of choice now," WKU senior, Kyle Sykes said.

Sykes said during test-time, he's noticed students taking this pill.

"... To assist in their study habits and study skills - and to help them, I guess, stay up later so they can get more or their studying or cramming in. Typical distraction such as a T.V. or people talking won't get to you as much. They'll allow you to concentrate on what you're reading, what you're studying, or whatever task you're doing at that particular moment," Sykes said.

Sykes said he's heard of students buying the drug for $5 or more a pill. Hoover said he's even been asked to sell his pills.

"I get alot of people wanting to buy them, but I don't sell them personally," Hoover said.

He warns students not to take this drug if you are just looking for a quick fix for studying.

"They're gonna hurt themselves. It's a great drug if you use it the way its supposed to be used, but when they're staying up two days in a row on this, it's bad for them - extremely bad," Hoover said.

For those that take this drug without consulting a physician, doctors say it can increase heart rate, affect blood pressure and cause insomnia. Overdose of this drug can even lead to a coma or potential death.

If you're caught selling Adderall or illegally taking this prescription drug, then beware. It's a felony offense.

For possession of the drug, you could face jail time of one to five years and if you are caught selling it you could see five to ten years behind bars.

To read an FDA alert and to learn more on the warnings, uses, side effects, precautions, interactions and overdose information on Adderall visit WebMD.

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