April 17, 2013
This is the 10th in a series of blogs on the prescription medication Adderall. Why so many blogs on a drug used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? Because believe it or not, this is a dangerous medication, especially for perhaps the majority of those currently using.
In the best of all possible worlds, this rise can be attributed to the maturing of adolescents who have A.D.H.D. into young adults — combined with a greater recognition of adult A.D.H.D. in general.
April 7, 2013
This is the ninth in a series of blogs looking at the prescription medication known as Adderall. For those of you unfamiliar with this stimulant, I encourage you to start at the beginning of the series.
One thing I can assure you, that after reading this series you will look at your use, or the use of others in a different light. As reported in www.nytimes.com.
One of the many sad stories surrounding Adderall addiction is Richard Fee. An intelligent and articulate young man lying to doctor aft... [More]
March 28, 2013
This is the eighth in a series of blogs addressing the prescription medication Adderall. Why so many consecutive entries on one drug, you ask? Believe me, we cannot have enough. Adderall is becoming a series problem for those of all ages. In our previous entry I looked at the problem with “adult on-set Adderall addiction.”
The premise here is that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is the only valid reason for prescribing the stimulant, Adderall. ADHD is a medical condi... [More]
March 24, 2013
This is the seventh in a series of blogs addressing the current surge in usage of a medically-prescribed stimulant called Adderall. This installment will take a look at what I call “adult-onset Adderall addiction.” This is a group of adults, both male and female, who start using and abusing (perhaps) Adderall as adults.
Adderall is most commonly prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). For those of you who read my blog regularly, and I know you do, you know ho... [More]
March 21, 2013
This is the sixth in a series of blogs looking at one of the prescription medications that has seen the highest increase in usage of late – Adderall. We have looked at who is to blame the surge in usage – doctors or users. I welcome any thoughts you have on where to place blame.
From my perspective, it is always easiest to place blame on the user. They use. They know they are addicted. They know how the addiction is destroying their lives and yet they still choose to use and abuse.
July 3, 2012
If you do not realize that Adderall and other stimulants are not rampant ion our nation’s school system you must have had your head buried in the sand for quite some time. Believe me folks, it is really bad.
Estimates range from 20-33% of high school students who take these pills regularly – with and without a prescription.
All they care about is the increased focused and ability to study longer and harder. They do not realize how addictive and dangerous these medications can be.
June 28, 2012
Have you ever taken amphetamines? Back in the 1970s it was a real big deal to take amphetamines. They were considered to be hard-core drugs. That apparently is not the case anymore as high school kids across the country are loading up on Ritalin and Adderall in efforts to stay awake and stay focused.
The days of coffee and Nodose are gone!
The kids abusing these prescription medication are the A students, sometimes the B students, who are trying to get good grades. One high school senior in Pe... [More]
June 23, 2012
Teenagers certainly are prone to procrastination. They frequently try to pull all-nighters to finish a paper or study for a test. In the old days coffee provided the necessary jolt. Then it was a cola aptly named “Jolt”
The drug of choice now is Adderall, according to the NY Times. This pill is not taken orally, instead it is crushed into a powder and snorted. And kids are doping this every day all over the country. It has become virtually epidemic among adol... [More]
December 27, 2011
How are high school students like body builders? Both engage in highly-competitive fields and use performance-enhancing drugs. Yes, it is true!
Finals week is usually five days of utter dread and hours of seemingly endless bubbling. Some students crumble under the pressure. Others turn to illegal amphetamines like Adderall to speed through their tests.
What is the primary medication prescribed for kids with ADHD? – Adderall.
Approximately 9.5 percent of children 4- to 17-years-old have ... [More]
December 25, 2011
As entrance into college gets tougher and tougher students go to greater and greater lengths to hit the books. Drugs are not only abused by the students who ditch class and drop out.
Students looking to score higher and achieve more are turning to chemicals to keep them awake and alert. It is quite similar to body builders who use steroids to help them work out harder and longer with shorter recovery periods. Also like steroids, it is extremely dangerous!
Adderall is a legal amphetam... [More]