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Unformatted text preview: Bobby Moran I was recently in a lecture for one of my health classes here at Umass and our guest speaker was rambling on about drugs. After what seemed like an hour the lecturer mentioned the prescription drug Adderall. Immediately my ears shot up, I was prescribed Adderall in the 7 th grade. Soon I just could not be taken away from what the lecturer was saying. The lecturer went on about Adderall for a little while then he made a very bold statement. He said that “Adderall was the most over, but under prescribed drug.” After that I could not even focus on the lecture, I just sat in my chair and pondered what he had just said. I always felt like I needed Adderall, but what if I really did not? What were the risks that I was taking by using Adderall, and were they worth it if I really did not have the disease? Of course I knew that I most definitely had ADD, but some students here at Umass do not have ADD and still use Adderall to study because Adderall is the king study aid. Adderall makes students like studying, and in college a pill like that can become very dangerous. Medical advancements have enabled doctors to prescribe medication for almost every sickness, disorder, or condition imaginable. Adderall is prescribed to people with the disorder ADD (attention deficit disorder) or ADHD (attention deficit, hyperactive disorder). Adderall enables the user to focus and concentrate more when doing daily tasks. People who legitimately have the disorder consider Adderall to be a wonder drug. The only problem is that Adderall does not just work on the patients with the disorder, but anyone that uses it (Nichols 2). Adderall use by people without prescriptions is prevalent, especially by students. Students figure that if a pill will make them study better, and enable them to get a better grade, then it is stupid to not take it. Especially for the cramming student that has to read over a hundred pages in one night to study for an exam the next day. Umass is a very competitive school academically and students are always looking for an edge to get the upper hand on other students. So they take study aid pills such as Adderall because it has the same effect on them as someone with the disorder ADD. This is called self medicating, and can be very dangerous and even fatal. Students abuse Adderall for many reasons; weight loss, studying, partying, or just maintaining their everyday life. Adderall has become so available on college campuses, and in high school many school officials are worried. The worst way that students abuse Adderall is by using it as a weight loss supplement. Appetite suppression is a known side effect of Adderall (Raymond 2). Weight loss/ appetite suppression is the major way females abuse Adderall. They would rather take a pill that will stop them from eating than take the time to go to the gym. Adderall is the easy way around putting on the dreaded freshman 15. Umass is renowned for their status as one of the top party schools in the nation. So it can be inferred that large amounts of alcohol is being consumed. Many blame the nation....
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course ENGLISH 112 taught by Professor Cohen during the Fall '08 term at UMass (Amherst).
- Fall '08