People Are Abusing Adderall To Get High
There are two variations of Adderall pills, immediate and extended-release. The extended-release comes in capsules containing tiny beads that dissolve more slowly in the gastrointestinal tract.
Abusers prefer immediate-release Adderall because of crushing the pills. Some users claim that snorting immediate-release Adderall ensures the drug kick’s stimulant effects faster and with more intensity.
Here are the facts and consequences of abusing Adderall:
- Crushing it before ingestion means less of the drug will absorb into the body.
- After snorting, there’s a good chance that an additional amount of the medication doesn’t make it past a person’s nasal cavity, rendering it even less effective.
- Nasal irritation and headaches are common side effects.
- Bodily fluids, such as blood and mucous, can help spread disease when straws or bills are shared by users ingesting the drug nasally.
- Extended-release is difficult to snort because it’s nearly impossible to crush all the tiny beads containing the amphetamine.
- People who abuse stimulants quickly build a tolerance to the drug because more of it is needed to achieve the same physical effects.
Many adverse side effects come with abusing Adderall. The most significant are dependence and addiction. Even occasional or prescription use, according to the Mayo Clinic, Adderall is known to cause some of the following side effects:
- Dry mouth and physical tremors
- Loss of appetite, abdominal pain, and weight loss
- Exhaustion and lack of strength
- Reduced libido and ability to orgasm
- Cravings and withdrawal
Adderall treats attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
“People with ADHD tend to have lower levels of dopamine, a key chemical in the brain’s reward center,” Ryan Davison, a neuroscientist with the American Chemical Society, told The Cut. “This means people with ADHD are constantly seeking stimulation. Amphetamines stimulate the release of dopamine and other neurotransmitters in the brain, so those minor distractions don’t cause you to lose focus.”