Adderall Epidemic On College Campus


The number of students in college that are abusing Adderall is increasing at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, it has become part of the fabric of life on modern college campuses. Adderall is a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. It is a central nervous system stimulant that affects the brain and the nerves contributing to impulse control and hyperactivity. The drug treats the ADHD condition, but college students use it as a study drug. As a result, it has gained significant acceptance and uses among young people. Unfortunately, users can quickly become addicted and have long-term effects beyond the years they are in college. One-third of all college students have used stimulants once in their campus lives.

College Students

There are several reasons that college students might choose to use Adderall. The most common sense is that it gives them the ability to study longer, sleepless, and increase other substances’ impact. Apart from these reasons, they use it to enhance their athletic performance and lose weight.

The drug is often referred to as a “study drug” since it helps students focus and function well without sleep. Around the exam period, many students will be in the library studying and not partying in an environment where an endless workload student might need a quick fix to help them buckle down and power through. Students who cannot fit in enough to study before exams will use the drug to stay awake, study, and not feel tired. Unfortunately, many students are also using it for partying.

The number of deaths and emergency room visits has more than doubled in the past few years.

A number of the students will arrive with the drug, and by the end of their study in the college, a more significant number of students who did not use them will have prescriptions from clinicians in the vicinity. It does not take long for students to know which doctor they should visit and what they should say to get a legal prescription. Even if the student with a prescription does not want to use them, he can sell them since they have a high resell value.

Research shows that full-time students are more likely to abuse Adderall than their part-time counterparts. The number of users will vary depending on the school, with elite private universities having the most significant proportion of abusers.

An impressive 81% of students believe that they are using it for the right reasons: to be more productive in class and be more competitive. 

They also believe that the drug is not dangerous at all. A typical user will use Adderall once a month or several times a week, depending on their schedule and workload.

The most significant barrier to stopping the abuse is changing the students’ attitude where they believe that the end justifies the means. Not many students think that the drug is addictive, and this is a significant concern. Universities are trying to deal with this situation by holding discussions and talks with students, but this is not effective since many who turn up for the word do not use the drug. The problem then becomes convincing users to