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December 1, 2011
Adderall: From ADHD to Final Exam Week
There are no open seats in the campus coffee shop, energy drinks are out of stock, and the library has become a student's temporary home. These telltale signs are imminent indicators of finals week, a college student's worst nightmare. But during a time of instant gratification, some students are turning to a "study drug" called Adderall, to cope with the stress and physical demands of exam week. This essay explains what this drug is, how it is being used, and the possible side effects or repercussions of Adderall usage.
What exactly is Adderall? Adderall is a prescription medication targeted for patients who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder, commonly known as ADHD, as well as narcolepsy. Adderall acts as a central nervous system stimulant and adjusts chemical levels in the brain by increasing the production of dopamine, which produces a heighted level of concentration and alertness ("What is Adderall?"). The medication is a combination of amphetamine salts including levoamphetamine and dextroamphetamine and comes in two forms, a capsule and a tablet. Once the prescription has been consumed, the medication begins to disperse into the blood stream and is pumped throughout the body (Nall).
Approximately five and a half million children, ranging from ages three to seventeen, are living with ADHD in the United States. Essentially this means, a little more than eight percent of the country's population is enduring the repercussions of this disorder (Sondik, and Madans). While there are different methodologies of treatment, such as behavioral therapy, the most common and potent regime used is Adderall (Britton, and Sherman). If the drug is administered correctly there are minimal side effects (Biederman, Lopez, Boellner, & Chandler, 2002).
In addition to helping people focus, pay attention and harnessing their behavior,...