Adderall Abuse Continues to Rise

In January 27, 2019

Adderall Abuse

Stimulants like Adderall are normally prescribed to people suffering from attention issues such as ADD or ADHD. These are common childhood neurobiological disorders that affect a person’s ability to focus, learn and maintain their attention span. Prescriptions for these issues are on the rise and unfortunately, so are the incidents of abuse with these types of drugs.

One of the most common scenarios in which drugs like Adderall are abused are in situations where young people want to have intense focus in order to study, finish papers or cram for an exam. College students have some of the highest rates of Adderall abuse as they find it easy to obtain and use it frequently to get through their busy schedules and difficult classes. Students often believe that it helps them get better grades because they can stay up longer to stay and maintain their attention on the material.

Side Effects of Adderall Abuse

Although Adderall may seem harmless to students, it can actually have a number of dangerous side effects and harmful consequences. Since 2013 there have been more than 19000 reports of complications from drugs used to treat ADHD including many incidents of hospitalization and death. The number of cases in emergency rooms related to drugs like Adderall has quadrupled in the last seven years.

The rise in Adderall abuse among young people can even continue after they have finished college and enter the job market. Some young adults find it difficult to leave behind their addiction and use Adderall in the workplace to help them work long hours and excel in their competitive jobs. They tend to develop a tolerance to the drug, needing higher doses to get the same effect and developing withdrawal symptoms when it is not available.

Adderall users should be aware of the dangers of their drug use and get help if they have developed an addiction.

By Dr. Reuben Vaisman-Tzachor

Primary Therapist