August 12, 2019ENG-105Virgil MathesThe Hidden Dangers of ADHD MedicineWith the high pressure of academic achievement in today’s society, students are turning to abusing commonly prescribed ADHD medications to aid them in meeting their academic requirements. This common form of drug misuse is often called “academic doping” and can havesome very real consequences for students. Unfortunately doctors and students usually immediately turn to medication treatments when ADHD is diagnosed. The concealed risks of ADHD medication consist of misuse and abuse by adults, risk to addiction, as well as misdiagnosis with overlapping gifted characteristics.ADHD is commonly treated with medication that can have severe side effects and is often times abused due to lack of knowledge. “According to the Centers for Disease Control (2005), there are over 4.4 million children between the ages of 4 and 17, or a national prevalencerate of 7.8%, that have been diagnosed with ADHD. Of these, 2.5 million children have been prescribed stimulants to treat the disorder.” (DeSantis, A. D., & Hane, A. C., 2010, P. 3). This directly shows just how much patients rely on medications instead of therapy treatment for ADHD. Patients don’t understand the real dangers of ADHD medications when they are prescribed them. This lack of understanding makes them more susceptible to abusing and misusing the medication. According to DeSantis, A. D., & Hane, A. C. (2010, P.37)” Most who relied on the no-side-effect argument, however, focused on the issue of drug addiction. ‘I don’t think it is bad for you at all,’ asserted Jeffery, a junior finance major. ‘It is not addicting like a lot
of those bad drugs. You just take it and that’s it.’”. It seems that the majority of ADHD abusers use it as an aide instead of recreational use. Students see it as a harmless drug that can only improve their performance without any repercussions. DeSantis, A. D., Webb, E. M., & Noar, S.