Adderall: Effects and Abuse Essay

Topic: Adderall Effects & Abuse Specific Purpose: To inform why people take Adderall, what it does to the body and how and why it is abused. Thesis Statement: To inform why people take Adderall, what it does to the body and how and why it is abused. Audience Appeal: College students are the biggest abusers. Introduction Attention material: I know first had what it’s like to have so much on your plate. Between school, work and a child it gets stressful • College students all over the country turn to prescription drugs to help them get their work done • Adderall, Concerta & Ritalin are examples of medical prescriptions for ADHD • All these are highly abused • A study at Radford University says, “ Adderall is abused for many different reasons. Some abusers use the drug to “get high” “ (Monson, Schoenstadt 2007) • Starts out as innocent but can shortly turn into serious addiction and health risks

Preview: Many people don’t understand why Adderall is truly needed for some people, what it does to your body & how it becomes addictive and abused. Body Main Point #1: Why is Adderall needed for some? How does it happen? A. Needed to help with people who suffer from ADHD or narcolepsy B. The definition of ADHD “ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is an early onset, biological disorder, classified by 3 characteristics;

Hyperactivity, inattention & impulsivity” (ADHD. org. nz) B. Example of how it can trigger; Tell Jalen’s story C. ADHD can cause behavioral issues which is why Adderall can be necessary Main Point #2: What Adderall Does A. PhD, Richard Ferri tells us that “ When Adderall is taken, it helps regulate the central nervous system” (Ferri 2011). B. Many believe that it is harmless and just helps one focus and stay awake C. Again a quote from PhD Richard Ferri stating,“ When taken for nonmedical reasons, Adderall can have serious consequences including increased blood pressure, tachycardia, excessive wakefulness leading to delusions & sleep deprivation. You may also see emotional lability, abdominal pain, anorexia & weight loss” (Ferri 2011).

D. Lack of appetite and weight loss = Huge side effect. Ex. myself Main Point #3: Who Abuses & Why & How A. Most commonly used by college students B. Most students are not prescribed C. I found on Medical website, “ Many students report they “need” the drug to give them more time to study, work & play” (Ferri 2011). D. Because of the “high” feeling some get = what makes it so addictive E. An author in the USCience Review writes, “ Adderall is a schedule II drug & has a high risk for dependence & addiction” (Kapadia, Adderall Abuse…). F. Ex.

Of friend who was prescribed to 90 pills/month & that barely lasted them 2 weeks. G. An article in SAMHSA News says “ An estimated percent of 6. 4 full-time college students use Adderall non-medically” (SAMHSA News, 2009, 17). Conclusion Summary: • • • Everyone wants good grades Every college student wants to still have that “college” experience Many students don’t realize the danger in taking prescription “smart drugs” like Adderall Concluding Remarks: • There are some who truly need Adderall

• It is important to know why is it is needed, what it does and the harmful and addictive nature of the drug. If your not prescribed & do not suffer from ADHD, don’t take it • Getting an “A” may seem worth it, but your putting yourself and your body at risk and in danger. References: Adderall & College Students. May/June 2009. SAMHSA News. Vol. 17(3) What Is ADHD?. May 2008. ADHD. org Ferri, R. 2011. College Students & Adderall; What’s going on? : Medscape. Kapadia, N. 2012. Adderall Abuse and its Implications for the College Academic Community. USCience Review. Monson, K. Schoenstadt, A. (2007). Adderall Abuse. Adderall and Adderall. Radford University.