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This paper will look into one of the most commonly used and sought for drugs found on college campuses in the world today. Adderall and other forms of the “smart drug” have become more and more popular when it comes to students and young professionals trying to get an advantage. It will discuss both the positive and negative side effects of taking these smart pills along with the specific affects/reasons for ingesting them whether they are prescribed or not.
Adderall, a prescription drug, was first developed to treat patients that suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a chronic condition including attention difficulty, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Students and young professionals that …show more content…

With this encouragement, I asked the students if they would recommend Adderall to a fellow student that hasn’t ever done it before. Of the 16 students who have taken Adderall, 14 answered Yes; they would recommend it to a fellow student. Now, although this pill does seem to be a good thing all drugs come along with a possible negative side effect that may vary from person to person. Students were questioned about their personal uses and what side effects they experienced if they did any and the reports are as followed:

The prevalence of side effects is just as common as how easy the drug is to get your hands on. With almost every student reporting multiple side effects that all seem to be pretty negative towards your health it makes you begin to wonder if the drug is in-fact a good thing for you to be doing. These side effects also worsen if taken with alcohol which could also be a very common thing from a college student. From 2005-2010, the number of emergency room visits due to ADHD medications nearly quadrupled in young adults with about half of those cases being due to Adderall mixed with drinking. Students report taking the prescription stimulants to stay hype to party, a really negative outlook on Adderall considering about %90 of college students attest to binge drinking.
Since reports of Adderall being of such assistance in the academic life of a college student there is no question that the

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