With finals and projects crammed into a week’s time, students just can’t seem to avoid the prolonged lines at the local coffee shop. Caffeine is a hell of a drug that can certainly get you through those all-nighters, which as you might already know, could have been avoided if not for those long nights out at the local bar. It’s a quick fix for procrastinated study time. But who’s to blame – this is college, right? Well, it turns out that caffeine isn’t the only substance students abuse in order to avoid going astray with their studies. I’m talking about a little pill you can swallow that can give you an “I can study ten weeks’ worth of notes within the first hour of Schindler’s List while still feeling jolly all around” kind of feeling. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen – I’m talking about Adderall, and it doesn’t necessarily come with that description.
Adderall, as you may already know, is also known as the academic steroid, which consists of ingredients such as dextroamphetamine, amphetamine, and other amphetamine salts that I still have trouble pronouncing, much less understanding their chemical nomenclature. However, what I can tell you is that Adderrall is a brand-name amphetamine most commonly prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, in patients who struggle with simple, focus-requiring tasks – such as studying. All in all, Adderall is an effective medication when prescribed to those who need it. So what does this mean for the rest of the world who, fortunately, do not suffer from ADHD?
There has been quite a stir amongst our fellow peers about whether or not students should consume un-prescribed medication such as Adderall in order to enhance their academic motor skills. But does it really matter, if Bobby from Chem 112A gets an A+ on his final with a little help from his encapsulated friend? There has got to be some consequences to your pal’s consumption in order to justify your trolling right? Well, look no further: although it is indeed a criminal offense to consume and/or distribute Adderall without the appropriate paperwork, the worst is not necessarily the risk of incarceration – although that still is kind of a downer. The U.S. DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) has labeled Adderall a Schedule II controlled substance, making it a high potential for abuse, severe restrictions, and, most importantly, severe psychological or physical dependence.
Other schedule II controlled substances listed are Opium, Morphine, Codeine, Cocaine, Methamphetamine and a lot more of those words that end with “ine.” Aside from being labeled alongside the hardest of “hard” drugs, Adderall carries some adverse effects, which might just make you reconsider the next time you think about indulging in some of your buddy’s “prescribed” medication. Some common side effects include nausea, weakness, weight loss, nervousness, constipation, diarrhea, stomach pains, and headaches, just to name a few. As for the more severe side effects, they include tightness in chest, painful or frequent urination, sexual impotence for us young bucks, worsening mental or mood swings such as agitation, aggression, anxiety, delusions, depression, and, oh –did I forget to mention sexual impotence? Well, truthfully, there is a huge list of “possible” side effects, but who am I to judge and say whether or not Adderall consumption for the un-prescribed individual is wrong? Quite frankly, it’s not my business; however, personally I must say that ADHD is a pain in the ass to live with. So where do we stand on the matter? Should you continue pretending you are worried about an individual’s health? Is it fair that some of your fellow students indulge in the academic steroid in order to progress in their studies? Or should you live and let live? After all, it’s not your body but theirs.