Dangers of Adderall


According Elite Daily’s article, “The Danger of Adderall that College Students Are Ignoring”, Adderall is a prescription drug given to individuals to help with ADHD to control their behaviors and focus on everyday tasks. Adderall is a combination of two central nervous stimulants, amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. ADHD affects more than 10 percent of Americans between the ages of 4 and 17.

Adderall is widely used among college students. It is used as a shortcut for getting good grades and as a party drug. Finding a friend who has a prescription is extremely easy and cheap. One Adderall pill costs between $5 and $7.

Obtaining a prescription is relatively easy. In most cases, determining if a person has ADHD, a self – report checklist is administered, no blood tests, EKGs, or extensive examination into a person’s psychological background is given.

According to, “7 Things You Need to Know About Adderall”, it is a DEA schedule II substance. “This means, they have a high potential for abuse, can lead to severe psychological or physical dependence and are considered dangerous.” Despite these warnings and strict regulation, many individuals including college students consider it to be slightly or not dangerous at all.

According to the article, “The Effects of Adderall Use” there are many side effects of Adderall. These include appetite suppression and unhealthy weight loss, irritability and feelings of restlessness, and can result in sleeping troubles. Side effects also include feelings of depression, anxiety, and cardiovascular problems such as, disrupted heart rhythm and increased blood pressure.

Adderall can result in psychological and physical dependence. This can occur when, “A person takes Adderall as part of a routine and using the drug becomes an irresistible compulsion.”

My opinion on Adderall is extremely negative. I think there are some people who have ADHD and need it to perform daily activities but that number is low. A majority of the individuals who have Adderall prescriptions don’t actually have ADHD problems.

Two years ago I went to the doctor to try to get an Adderall prescription because I had tried it from a friend and I thought it was a school miracle drug. It was extremely easy for me to get a prescription. I faked the symptoms and after a few behavioral questions I was leaving the doctors office with a prescription.

After taking it, I could write papers without loosing focus, read textbooks without my mind drifting, and could cram for tests to get As. But the side effects were unbearable. I had extreme moods swings, lost 15 pounds after taking it for two months, was easily irritable, got intense migraines, and developed sleeping problems.

After two years of constant use and wear and tear on my body, I refuse to take it. I hate the drug. I think it is dangerous and the dangers of Adderall need to be expressed more to students. The Adderall epidemic on college campuses is real and needs to be controlled.


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