Adderall

21 May: Adderall is for ADHD (wink, wink)

I had not seen the Wired magazine article on “super-charging your brain” with the chart labeled “Do the Right Drugs” until I read about it in the New York Times. I’m still a little blown away by what I read. The chart lays out the pros and cons of eight drugs that it says can “boost your cognitive output.” Included on the list is Adderall, the drug for ADHD that is being widely abused by young people these days. So, what does Wired have to say about Adderall? Thought to optimize levels of dopamine and norepinephrine, enhancing concentration and turning mundane tasks into wondrous ones. Often prescribed to ADHD patients (wink, wink). Adderall has been called “college crack” — the…

26 Mar: Adderall and the seduction of Generation Rx

The big news this week is that super-celebs like Paris, Lindsay and Britney are all rumored to be using Adderall, the ADHD drug, for weight loss. Since these celebrities are among the stars most admired by teenage girls, I can only assume that this revelation will influence more young people to abuse this drug. The improper use of Adderall can cause heart problems, liver problems. Some people are allergic to it. And it can have dangerous interactions with other drugs. The Heath Ledger tragedy should tell us all we need to know about the risks of taking multiple drugs without fully understanding how they interact. Adderall is for ADHD. If you’re looking to lose weight, try diet and exercise —…

20 Jul: Adderall, Ritalin among prescription drugs abused by college students

College kids are abusing prescription drugs more than ever before, and clearly shady Internet dealers are part of the problem. From UWire: According to a Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse report, the percentage of college students abusing prescription drugs has increased dramatically over the past two decades … Heidi Cuda, the regional director for Iowa City, Iowa’s Mid-Eastern Council on Chemical Abuse, named Adderall and Ritalin as two prescription drugs commonly abused by students. The number of students taking these ADHD medications has increased 93 percent from 1993 to 2005… “They are stimulants; they give you confidence and make you more alert,” she said. “People take them to stay up longer, but they usually crash, bringing their energy level…