America’s College Students: The “Adderall Generation”?

Twenty years from now, will the current crop of college students be known as the Adderall Generation? With Adderall – an addictive drug – being abused by as much as 20% of the student body in some colleges, will this generation of college graduates become famous for relinquishing its personal integrity in exchange for a possible advantage over other students?


And what kind of education does one get when stoned on amphetamines, anyway? A generation or two before, this drug was called “speed.”


Adderall, per its prescribing information, is composed of: Dextroamphetamine saccharine, amphetamine aspartate, dextroamphetamine sulfate and amphetamine sulfate. It is composed of forms of amphetamine, a strong, addictive stimulant with high abuse potential. It can help a student increase alertness or stay awake for an all-night cram or to finish assignments.


But Adderall college consumption – along with abuse of other “study drugs” – can take its toll. Between 1999 and 2003, twenty-five people died from taking ADHD drugs, either with a prescription or without. Fifty-four other serious cases of heart problems were also reported, including heart attacks and strokes. Some of these patients had prior heart problems, although the prescribing information for these drugs specifically indicates that  a screening for heart problems must be done before administering this drug.


And when drugs are abused by college students who don’t have a prescription, no one is screening them for any heart problems that increase their risk of death. Adderall college abuse is controlled by students who trade their prescriptions for money or meals, or who intentionally defraud the student health services, learning the symptoms of ADHD and then acting them out for the medical staff.


In some cases, Adderall college abuse along with use of Ritalin, Concerta and others, open the door for later abuse of other drugs. Kurt Cobain was an early example of a person who took Ritalin as a child and then began abusing heroin and finally committed suicide when he was 27 years old. And as John B. said about his youthful prescription for ADHD drugs, followed by cocaine and alcohol addiction: “I learned very early from my parents and my doctor that I needed a drug to feel ‘normal.’ It wasn’t until after I finished the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program that I found out that a successful, enjoyable life is only possible when you are sober.”


A certain percentage of America’s college students will become addicted to ADHD drugs or the substances that they start abusing afterwards. Some of these people will find successful rehab services and some will struggle with addiction for years. For those who choose the Narconon program, seven out of ten will find recovery. This is the success rate of this unique program located in Canadian, Oklahoma.


At this beautiful rehabilitation facility, located in the middle of a state park and overlooking the largest lake in Oklahoma, as many as 200 people are learning new, drug-free life skills and going through a thorough detoxification program that utilizes only exercise, generous doses of nutritional supplements and time in a low-heat sauna. The result is a reduction or even elimination of cravings and the ability to make drug-free decisions.


Find out how you can help a loved one – or yourself – recover from addiction to Adderall college abuse, alcohol abuse or problems with any other drugs. Call the Intake Counselors at the Narconon program today at 1-800-468-6933.


For more information on the Narconon program click here for Narconon International.

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