Adderall abuse is a wide spread problem in college. Many college students take Adderall as a study enhancing drug. Adderall is a stimulant made up of two l-amphetamines and two d-amphetamines. The mixture is different than Ritalin, Vyvanse, Concerta, or other drugs in its class since they do not have the same mixed salt mixture.
D-amphetamines cause a reduction in impulsiveness whereas l-amphetamines cause an increase in concentration. l-amphetamines are also believed to cause an increase in anxiety as well. This one-two punch is favored by students to study more than any other stimulant prescription.
Why Students Abuse Adderall
Adderall gives students the ability to focus better while decreasing fatigue. The mixture results in students being able to study better and for longer amounts of time. The increase focus can be used to read boring books, do boring tasks, as well as cram for tests.
Students often get Adderall pills from other students who have prescriptions for them no longer need it. The prescriptions are from when they were children and, after a few years, they grew out of their ADHD. Now, they have pills that are in high demand.
Negative Side Effects of Adderall Abuse
Adderall Abuse can lead to a lot of unwanted Adderall side effects. These can be anything from headaches, diarrhea, nausea, rapid heart beat to strokes, heart attacks, and ugly rashes.
Adderall is also an addictive drug since it produces a “high.” A user can quickly develop an Adderall tolerance and, once tolerance is built up, the user requires more Adderall to reach their usual state.
Withdraw is a very real concern with Adderall. After long use with high dosages, users can experience withdraw symptoms like those of other stimulants: depression, lethargic, laziness, and sleepiness. Adderall is a very power stimulant so the withdraw symptoms would be more severe than caffeine or nicotine.
Adderall Abuse Outside of Tests
Adderall is also abused by students for parties. By crushing the Adderall beads, students can snort the powder. This gives them a strong, instant Adderall high. While on this Adderall trip, the students can drink more and yet not feel drink. Adderall masks alcohol.
Adderall also gives the taker a social, euphoric feeling. This makes them more social and outgoing at parties.
You can read a lot of fun Adderall stories on sites like erowid.org. A lot of them involve very severe and rare Adderall side effects such as hallucinations and staying up for days.
In one Adderall story, a student snorted 40mg of Adderall XR before heading out to a party. He drank two 40′s of beer and started to hallucinate. He believed that people were after him and he became paranoid. His friends had to drop him off at home and his parents watched over him for the following two days as he could not fall asleep.
That case is very rare. Most people who abuse Adderall do not get such severe symptoms. However, most people who abuse Adderall do not take 40mg (the maximum dose per day for an adult) all at once.