It’s time to shed some light one of the most popular substances sweeping today’s college campuses: adderall. Thousands of college students admit to using adderall to enhance their academic performance by providing a powerful supplement to their focus. It is usually taken in pill form, and bought in a baggie or simply handed off in a napkin.
Since adderall is known as a strong psycho-stimulant, around a third of college students have reported using it to study. Usage and abuse of adderall is a hot-button topic concerning the health of the university student body. In fact, full-time college students are twice as likely to use the drug as somebody who is not in college.
While this statistic may be more true at some schools than others, it is especially true at my college, Florida State University. Adderall has run rampant across the FSU campus. There was even a police drug bust in Strozier Library during finals week last year. Officers stormed into FSU’s main library equipped with handcuffs and k-9 units, brought to sniff out study drugs, specifically adderall. Over 15 students were arrested that afternoon and charged with drug offenses.
Arrested?! Drug charges?! For just adderall?!?! Florida State students were outraged at the Tallahassee PD, claiming the officers “have nothing better to do than bother kids who are only using it to study and better themselves”. While these outraged students do have a point, adderall is nonetheless still illegal unless taken with prescription.
Adderall is defined as a single-entity amphetamine product combining the neutral sulfate salts of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. In other words, adderall has a number of similar qualities to methamphetamine, so it’s not a huge shocker why it’s illegal. Like speed, adderall mimics and boosts the production of certain neurotransmitters in the brain, such as adrenaline, norepinephrine, and dopamine. These are our “feel good” hormones. The massive release of these chemicals is what produces the rush you feel in the midst of an addy high.
So, to those who have never taken adderall, will it help you focus? The short answer is: most likely. The long answer is: probably, but chances are you will suffer some side effects like insomnia, suppressed appetite, and a rapid heartbeat. For those of you who pop addy on a regular basis, you run the risk of dependency, and that’s a tough hole to pull yourself out of. For example, I have a friend who abuses adderall so much that he literally needs one just to clean his room! I’m no expert, but that sounds like an addiction to me…
Long story short, if you are thinking about experimenting with adderall, please be smart about it. Research what you are putting in your body, and don’t feel like you have to rely on study drugs to succeed through the academic rigors of college. It is 100% doable without them!