What student would not like to write a huge paper within in an hour instead of four hours? Adderal is a cognitive enhancing stimulant; according to Danielle Bickelmann
Susie Lomelino “[it] is a drug widely reported to increase alertness, concentration and overall cognitive performance, while decreasing fatigue – but it is also a drug widely abused across college campuses” (Highly Addictive Nature of Prescription 1). “Adderall is a synthetic drug that contains a combination of amphetamine salts. Approximately 72.7 percent of Adderall is made of lisdexamfetamine (Vyanse), and the rest is levoamphetamin” (Moore 90). Adderall is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) (Adderall 1). Students who do not have ADHD or ADD have admitted to taking the drug to enhance their study or work process (Desantis, Hane 32). Not being distracted while studying or writing a paper seems like an amazing opportunity, but what students do not understand are the dangers of abusing a stimulant such as Adderall. Students, who do not have ADHD or ADD, and are using Adderall, are depending on a pill to accomplish a task. The abuse of Adderall can lead to addiction issues.
Richard Fee, a young college student, was smart, athletic, and popular, but eventually he felt like he was not doing as well as he should with his college classes. Even though he was doing the best he could with his classes, he felt like that was not enough. Richard Fee decided to take an Adderall pill from one of his friends during an exam period. From taking that first pill, Richard Fee felt like he needed more. He eventually visited his doctor to receive his own, and even though he did not have ADD or ADHD, Richard Fee was given the prescription to purchase Adderall. Ever since he started abusing Adderall he was not the same person as before. His mother, Kathy Fee, said: “It just changed his whole thought process," she recalled. “His mental process, his actions, the things that he did.” After a while of taking Adderall Richards life went out of control until one day he could not take it any longer. His father, Ricky Fee, found his son hanging in his room’s closet. His father said: “Worst possible thing you can possibly imagine," he said. "I mean here was this great kid who had everything going for him. Everything, smart, good-looking, [and] the Adderall just destroyed him" (Johnson). At the time for Richard, Adderall seemed like an easy way out, but in the long run it cost him his life.
Some may wonder how a student, such as Richard Fee, who did not suffer from ADD or ADHD, came to obtain Adderall. Students who were prescribed Adderall sometimes end up giving or selling the drug to their friends. In the article, College Adderall Boom has Unintended side effects, by Dan Reimold, contained information on a student from UC Davis who admitted to selling Adderall. She said that “Over the course of the quarter, I average around $200 a week, mostly...