Prescription medicine such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, Morphine, etc., is one of the fastest growing drug abuse problems in America today. With the use of such drugs, more people have access to medications that do not belong to them. There is also a chance of abuse from patients who are prescribed these medications.
Because of the intense high produced by the interaction of several opiates and the brain, the drugs remain extremely addictive, sometimes causing measurable symptoms of addiction in under three days.
Therefore pain medication has been linked to addiction and other serious health side effects such as:
- Respiratory depression
- Nausea and vomiting
- Liver damage
- Brain damage due to hypoxia, resulting from respiratory depression
- Development of tolerance
Psychostimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin, are seen as the “academic steroid” for some students and is one of the top three drugs misused among FSU students. Many students use Adderall to improve concentration and stamina while studying for exams. It is relatively cheap and easy to obtain. What students don’t realize is that possession of Adderall without a prescription is a crime.
Adderall has a high potential for abuse and addiction, especially among students who have not been diagnosed with a condition that requires a prescription. There have been links to both mental and physical addiction in people who are using it illegally.
Psychostimulant abuse has links to serious side effects such as:
- Irregular heartbeat
- Increased blood pressure
- Mouth dryness
- Suppressed appetite
- Diarrhea or constipation
If you have been prescribed a psychostimulant drug, it is important to protect your prescription.
Many students who use prescription stimulants have the medicines prescribed and monitored by a doctor and gain benefit from using them. They may be approached by other students to buy their medicines. Here are some tips for protecting your prescription:
- Keep your medicines in a safe, private location.
- Avoid carrying your entire pill bottle or monthly supply in your backpack
- If someone approaches inquiring about your pill let them know that you only have enough pills for yourself and not enough to share or sell, in addition inform them of the dangerous side effects.
Adderall Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Drugs like Ritalin and Adderall make you smarter.
False. Ritalin and Adderall do not actually improve intelligence or your ability to remember the material in the long term. Studies have shown that, while increasing your short term memory acquisition, when retested students who took “study drugs” performed worse on actual assessments compared to those who properly studied.
Since Adderall is a prescription it is safe to take.
False. Adderall and other ADHD medication come in various doses and have different side effects depending on different factors. Doctors are trained to be able to know all the risk factors and problems for their patient. If you take this medication and you are not prescribed it you could experience side effects include which include elevated heart rate, dizziness, and fainting or, even worse, heart attacks and stroke.
Using Adderall helps to get rid of all the negative side effects of drinking Alcohol.
False. Adderall does not eliminate the negative effects of Alcohol, but masks the warning signs of alcohol poisoning. In addition, you put yourself in greater danger of Alcohol poisoning since your body will not be able to regulate itself to reduce potentially overdosing on alcohol.
Adderall is commonly used at FSU.
False. According to the National College Health Assessment survey conducted at FSU, only 15% of students reported using Adderall within the last 30 days. While numbers will increase during finals and midterm weeks, a majority of FSU students will still refrain from using Adderall.
There are no negative long term effects of Adderall abuse.
False. Similar to the need for a physician to reduce short term effects; they are also necessary to reduce long term damage. The most common problem of Adderall abuse is heart problems. Due to the rapid heart rate associated with Adderall abuse, long term abuse of Adderall could lead to developing heart scars and heart problems in the future.