Why Do You Know About Adderall?

2022 Words Sep 16th, 2016 9 Pages
“Hey, do you know where I could get some Adderall?” I glanced up from my notes to see a fellow college student peering over my cubicle. I was startled that a random person would approach me in the library, which is generally a no-talking area. Stuttering nervously, I replied, “I’m sorry, I don’t know.” The student shrugged and walked away, presumably to ask someone else. Coming from a small town to a big city in Los Angeles for my first year of college, my exposure to any drugs prior to this event was minimal and, shaken from the event, I decided to confide in a friend I had recently made from biology class. “Well, we are premeds. How else do you expect people to get through organic chemistry?” was her dismissive response. Once again, I was shocked. Was it normal to take unprescribed medication? No one thought twice about any side effects or run ins with the law?
Everyone has heard of them. Adderall. Ritalin. Because of societal pressure to succeed, medication like these are sought after in America to improve academic achievement. These famous brands of stimulant drugs have become well known in the past few decades for improving concentration and attention span. They are now particularly popular among college students to compete in the cutthroat world of academics that young adults are subject to today. While an increasing amount of college students are achieving academic success due to the use of cognitive enhancing drugs, normalizing these drugs will have serious…
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