ADHD Drug Adderall: What Are Your Kids Really Using It For?

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ADHD Drug Adderall: What Are Your Kids Really Using It For?

There’s a new drug making its way into schools and college campuses and it might be coming directly out of your very own medicine cabinet. High school and college students, under pressure to get the grades, are using Adderall, the very same drug you’re giving your ADHD kid, to give them the edge they need. But what ‘edge’ is that, exactly? Are they using Adderall to improve performance, or simply to get high?

In a New York Times article, revealed that in some areas as many as 30% of high school students are now using Adderall, Vyvanse, Ritalin and Focalin to improve classroom performance.

So what’s the big deal, you might be asking, they’re just simple drugs, what harm can they do?

You might be surprised to learn that all of these drugs are categorized as Class 2 Controlled Substances, ranking right alongside drugs like cocaine and morphine. And they’re ranked that way because all of these drugs are highly addictive. Yes. That’s what you’ve been dolling out to your 6-year old every day and now your high school student is using them, too.

In the Times article, students report a burst of enery and laser focus when using Adderall, or any of these other drugs. Most claim that they’re taking these drugs to help them excel in high school so they can get into better colleges. Then they continue taking them in college so they can carry a heavier credit load. And all so they can make their parents happy and proud.

But what they’re not telling you is this – they’re also using Adderall, Vyvanse, Ritalin and Focalin to get high. Some take the capsules with water, just like your 6-year old, and some open the capsules and snort the powder. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is not something you do when you’re simply trying to give yourself an edge for the next test.

These aren’t the kids you’d typically picture as drug users. Most are A and B students, trying to get good grades and stay on the Dean’s list. Kids as young as freshmen in high school are buying Adderall on the street for $5 to $20 a capsule.  And when you think about it, it’s a pretty easy drug to lay your hands on since everybody has a sibling now that’s legally being doped up with these drugs.

Physicians are even reporting students coming into their office and asking for prescriptions. High school students, not rambunctious little 6-year olds.

What Parents Need To Do

First, take a look at your 6-year old. Does he really need that Adderall? ADHD isn’t an organic disease and it’s only been in the last 2 decades that someone decided to label over-active children as having some disease that requires drug therapy. Do the research and think back to your own childhood.

You probably had periods where you were ‘overactive’ and a little too rowdy, too, but did you parents give you a Class 2 Narcotic to get you to behave? Probably not. The world got along fine before ADHD became the ‘Disease of the Day’.

Next, if your child really needs these drugs, monitor their usage. Account for every capsule and make sure your child is the one using the medication. $20 is a lot of money to a kid. If you’re sending him to school with a pill in his lunchbox, chances are he’s selling it.

And third, if your kid isn’t selling his Adderall, his big sister may be selling it or taking it herself. Again, monitor the pills and keep them safely under lock and key.

If you find your teen is using these drugs to help improve his school performance then it’s time to step back and see why your teen feels so pressured to perform. But don’t overlook the possibility that your teen may also be using these drugs just because they’re easy to get a hold of and they produce a really good high.

This is a guest post. Donna Anderson is a freelance writer who enjoys small-town living in rural Kentucky. She’s an active member of several online communities and enjoys taking part in discussions that focus on how real people can live real lives in this fast-paced world we all live in.

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