Kids who cannot focus in school are often given medication to help, but often times those medications are abused. According to GloucesterTimes.com , Detective Thomas Quinn has noted an increase in Adderall abuse during the school year. Police have seen a sharp rise in the number of teens and college students abusing the drug. They often arrest students for other charges, only to find out they are also abusing Adderall.
One student began selling drugs to support his Adderall habit, and after he was busted for drugs, the police noted that he was obviously withdrawing from the drug. Area high school principals counter police opinion, arguing that they have not seen any problems with Adderall.
The problem is not really with the drug itself, as Adderall does help a number of students to focus. The problem comes in when the drug is abused, which can cause problems in several aspects of the user’s life. Many kids who do not have a prescription simply buy the drugs from someone who does.
Adderall is a amphetamine, and its potential for abuse is high. Parents whose children have been prescribed Adderall need to be aware of the drug’s addictive potential, and they need to be aware of warning signs of abuse.
Officer Quinn speaks about one kid who got busted with Adderall that was not prescribed to him, and his parents simply took him to a doctor to get a prescription of his own. Quinn said, “I think that a lot of parents don’t see a problem with this.” Adderall can help some students focus, and the drug can do wonders for someone who really needs it.
It is important for parents to be informed of the addictive potential of Adderall, thus monitoring their children closely when taking such medications.
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