The Need for Regulation of Amphetamine Consumption of College Students

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At the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, suppose an athlete had been found using steroids or other performance enhancing drugs to ensure a better outcome in competition. Their awards would be stripped away, and their name sullied for the world to see. Halfway across the world, in a tiny dormitory room of a prestigious college, an overwhelmed and under pressure freshman student turns to drugs as well. The drugs are not methamphetamines or cocaine, but a tiny pill obtained from a helpful friend with ADHD. With an unfinished paper due in the morning, the student ingests the Adderall pill and their energy and focus increases. In the morning, the triumphant student shows up to class and turns in a completed essay. The paper is returned with an “A”. …show more content…
Talbot 3). Perfectly healthy individuals are turning to these so-called “neuroenhancers” (Talbot 3) or “smart pills” (qtd. Cheshire 264) to improve their mental abilities. According to research led by Sean Esteban McCabe, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Substance Abuse Research Center, the individuals most likely to take neuroenhancers in college were “white male undergraduates at highly competitive schools—especially in the Northeast” (Talbot 3). The appeal of these drugs seems to lie in the fact that they target “subjective symptoms” (Cheshire 264) in healthy people instead of a disease. Neuroenhancers are looked to as a way to quickly improve a person’s mental capabilities in order to perform better at tasks in a limited amount of time.
Another reason for the increasing rise in the use of neuroenhancers is that these drugs are readily available. Often classmates have seen their peers with ADHD take these pills. In college, it is an easy matter of borrowing some from a friend with ADHD who has a ready supply through a prescription or they buy them from a supplier (Talbot 3). One student closely observed the symptoms of his brother who had been diagnosed with ADHD. Upon describing these same symptoms to his doctor, the healthy student received a prescription for Adderall (Talbot 2). Drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin are amphetamines which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
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