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Adderall: The “Smart” Pill for College Students

Kaleigh Paige, Staff Writer

Students all over college campuses are turning to the drug, Adderall, in hopes to perform better inside and outside the classroom. With all the pressure students are under, it’s easy to see why taking this drug is becoming a trend.


According to Wed MD , “Adderall is a brand-name psycho stimulant medication, which is thought to work by increasing the amount of dopamine and/or epinephrine in the brain.” In simple terms, Adderall helps those who take it stay alert. Their concentration becomes heightened, feeling of fatigue decreases, and performance improves.

It is prescribed to those diagnosed with Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, better known as ADHD. One source, (http://www.chadd.org), describes ADHD as “a neurobiological disorder. It is characterized by developmentally inappropriate impulsivity, inattention, and in some cases, hyperactivity.” However, those who are prescribed the pill are turning around and selling it to classmates and friends.


Katie Woods* says she will pay up to $10 for one Adderall pill. Woods says she used to take the medication to concentrate on schoolwork but now takes it on a daily basis. Even though she is out of school, Katie says she continues to take the pill to get through daily tasks such as working, cleaning, and staying alert.

Once someone starts taking Adderall they can become very dependent on it. Stories like this are becoming a common thing on college campuses. We live in a society that puts so much pressure on students to succeed. Students have a lot of responsibilities these days. Many work to support themselves leaving less time to study for class. There are also the responsibilities of clubs, sports, social life, and other things that take away study time.

Adderall is not the answer to solving the stress that comes with college life.


There are many side effects that can happen to those taking the pill when they don’t need it. Squidoo.com, an online sharing site, listed some side effects:

-Fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats
-Feeling light-headed, fainting
-Increased blood pressure
-Severe headache, dizziness
-Blurred vision
-Chest pain
-Motor tics
-Dry mouth
-Loss of appetite, weight loss

Time management is key to a successful college career. We all know how much we can handle and need to recognize when we take on too much. There are many places students can turn to for help in school. Most campuses have study labs, quiet libraries, and professors that are willing to spend extra time for explanations. Seek help before turning to something that could harm you.

This video from a Fox News investigation in Atlanta talk more about Adderall:

*Names have been changed to protect the identity of sources involved in this story. Opinions and advertisements shown through third party websites or multimedia are not necessarily the expressed views of Adapt Magazine.


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