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College Campuses Are Noticing An Increase In Stimulant Abuse

A recent report from Oshkosh highlights a growing trend among college students nationwide. Students are abusing prescription stimulants to help them stay alert and energized. Authorities have noticed and are beginning to crack down, resulting in drug charges for those caught selling.

Adderall is a prescription stimulant used to treat the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The drug has a long history of success in helping control the symptoms of ADHD, which include distractedness, fidgeting, and inability to focus. For students with ADHD the drug allows them to function normally and have academic success. For other students who abuse it, the drug gives increased energy and focus and has similar effects to drugs like speed.

University of Wisconsin campuses like Oshkosh and Madison have seen an increase in the amount of students abusing Adderall. Those with a prescription can sell 20-milligram pills for about $5 each and they have no trouble finding customers. Students who abuse the drug usually take it to cope with academic pressures or to recover from hangovers and lack of sleep.

Adderall is classified as a controlled substance and prescriptions are carefully monitored by doctors and pharmacies. However, because the symptoms of ADHD are felt by everyone at certain times it can be easy for a student to convince a doctor that he has ADHD and needs the medication.

Controlled substances carry serious criminal charges if they are being sold or used illegally. Students caught selling Adderall could face fines or prison time. They can also lose federal financial aid if convicted. While there is debate over the physical effects of abusing Adderall the legal consequences are clear. Students should be warned that selling prescription drugs on the black market can end a successful college career and result in serious criminal charges.

Source: The Oshkosh Northwestern online, "Smart drug abuse rising on Wisconsin campuses," Adam Rodewald et. al, 22 December 2010

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