Everyone’s on Adderall – whether it’s your friend with A.D.H.D., a student cramming for an exam, or an avid partier trying to kick it up a notch. Personally, I’ve never tried the stuff but I (and probably you) could make a never-ending list of people I know who use and abuse those little peach pills.
Adderall is a psychostimulant amphetamine intended to aid people who just can’t pay attention. A part of me has always felt our generation’s quickness to drug up rambunctious kids is kinda bogus. The drug does, however, increase alertness and allows users to pay more attention and ultimately do better in school. This function of the drug is positive for the world of academia, so bogus or not I suppose it’s a good thing.
If these meds were used exclusively by people with A.D.H.D., we wouldn’t have a problem. But since Adderall is ultimately a form of speed, it is very easily abused. Partiers and procrastinators alike, many young people are crushing and snorting Adderall to rage/study all night long. The high is described as similar, but less intense than cocaine, but its cheap price and availability make it a hot commodity.
Kids are more apt to abuse Adderall because it is a prescribed medication that seemingly everyone uses. And the notion of dropping your friend a few bucks for a pill is far less unsettling than seeking out a drug-dealer to score some blow. But we cannot forget, Adderall is an illegal drug for those not prescribed to it and by taking it, you are introducing potentially harmful substances to your body. Adderall alters brain function, and unless a doctor prescribes it, can be dangerous. So, if you don’t have an Adderall prescription and you have to write a paper, just write the damn paper!