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Students Getting High on Adderall

Written by Eliza Player on Wednesday, 04 April 2012. Posted in Prescription Drugs

Students Getting High on Adderall

Kids who cannot focus in school are often given medication to help, but often times those medications are abused.  According to , 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.

About the Author

Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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