Adderall abuse and addiction is on the riseAdderall is prescription medication that combines amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, two central nervous system stimulants. When taken as prescribed, Adderall helps individuals with ADHD focus on tasks and improve school or job performance. However, adderall abuse is increasingly common. Adderall is abused as a study drug, used by college students and young professionals to stay up all night and complete work. Most recently, professional athletes have even abused Adderall in order to improve their focus while playing sports. Adderall is a Schedule II controlled substance.

Level 2 - Low Danger

Societal impact: 3

Adderall is frequently prescribed and very easy to obtain. It is frequently misunderstood as a productivity drug; due to this misunderstanding, its use (and abuse) is socially accepted.

Recreational value: 1

Adderall does not produce a traditional “high” or euphoric feelings; instead, it helps users focus by intensifying concentration.

Physical/emotional impact: 2

Like other stimulants, Adderall causes a surge in dopamine production. Once Adderall is removed, users experience withdrawal symptoms including fatigue, depression, and disturbed sleep patterns. Long-term abuse increases the risk for organ damage; users may also feel paranoia and hostility.

Potential for addictiveness: 3

Adderall is easy to obtain and habit forming.

Adderall & Danger

Adderall is not as dangerous as more famous street drugs like cocaine and heroin. However, this acceptance can actually enhance the danger. Make no mistake – Adderall is a drug, and it needs to be respected. Do not use Adderall without a prescription, and do no take more than your prescription recommends. When used safely, Adderall can be a great benefit to many people. When abused, it can quickly turn on the user and lead to severe complications.