In 2013, 10.7 percent of college students admitted to using Adderall that year for non-medical purposes [1]. A common study drug, college students are more likely to abuse stimulants than those not pursuing a secondary education. As college students transition back into the fall semester, the number of them abusing Adderall continues to rise. With heightened expectations at school, increased workloads & a college environment where Adderall abuse is not only socially acceptable but essential to ones success, it is no surprise that the abuse of Adderall on college campuses has sky rocketed in the last two decades [2].

What is Adderall and How Does it Work?

By definition, Adderall is a combination of two stimulant drugs, amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. The drug is categorized under central nervous system stimulants and is prescribed to treat patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Adderall works to increase one’s attention span and problem-solving skills and decrease ones sudden impulses by increasing the brain chemical dopamine, which stimulates the brain.

Adderall is a scheduled II controlled substance by the D.E.A. and is in the same category of drugs such as Ritalin, Focalin, cocaine, and morphine due to its addictive side effects.

The Effects of Adderall Abuse

Although Adderall is prescribed to treat ADHD, one in five college students admit to abusing it (The National Institute on Drug Abuse). Whether it is used to pull an all nighter, ace an exam or stay out late to party, the side effects, both short-term and long-term are similar to other drugs such as meth, cocaine and various painkillers. These side effects include depression, sleep deprivation, heart irregularities, weight loss, drug dependency, and much more.

At the rate college students are abusing Adderall, it doesn’t take long for them to build up a high tolerance and dependence on it. This is because once they experience the so-called “benefits” of Adderall and how it makes studying not only bearable but enjoyable, it becomes almost impossible for them to function day-to-day without it. For instance, a student who was once able to study for eight hours on 10mg of Adderall can now only focus for four hours on that same dosage. Students find themselves needing more pills to keep up with their workload. With stricter regulations and laws going into effect on prescription drugs in general, access to Adderall has become more limited. Not to mention the cost of Adderall is not cheap especially when it is in its highest demand (during finals). Adderall can range anywhere from $3 if bought on the street to $100 per pill if bought during finals week. Students are literally going broke over Adderall. Or in worse cases, when students cant afford to buy it at the selling cost on campus, they’ll go with something that may be cheaper but still gives them a similar effect.

Adderall as a Gateway Drug

Adderall is a dangerous gateway drug because students who regularly use Adderall are three times more likely to abuse other drugs. According to research, college students who have abused Adderall are three times more likely to abuse marijuana, five times more likely to abuse painkillers and eight times more likely to abuse cocaine and tranquilizers [3].

If you or a loved one have become dependent on Adderall and find yourself living an unmanageable life, Hotel California by the Sea is here to help. Please call us before it is too late.