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College students tend to abuse Adderall more than anyone else

When you sent your child off to the University of Georgia to receive a college education, you may have discussed excessive drinking and taking illegal drugs. After all, you want to make sure that your new student takes advantage of the learning opportunities and doesn't do anything that could jeopardize his or her future.

Did you discuss not abusing prescription medication during those talks? If not, you may want to make a phone call or discuss the matter over a long weekend before it's too late. The abuse of prescription drugs on college campuses is rampant, and your student may heed your warnings.

What medication do college students abuse most often?

More than any other demographic, people between the ages of 18 and 25 abuse Adderall. Research shows that college students make up most of the abusers in this age range. Apparently, the only drug more popular on campuses across the country is marijuana. The majority of those who use or abuse Adderall obtain it from family, roommates or friends. 

This medication, which doctors prescribe for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, improves focus, mental clarity and provides a boost of energy. It isn't difficult to imagine why these effects would be popular with college students. Late night study sessions lead into early morning classes. When scheduling issues are combined with trying to have a social life and getting enough rest, taking a drug such as Adderall could seem attractive.

The problem is that all of the perceived benefits are often short lived. Students who abuse the drug end up watching their grades drop, pulling away from their friends and lying about their addiction. The risk increases for ending up under arrest for possession, and possibly for the intent to distribute, increases.

Health problems associated with Adderall

In addition to the potential legal problems associated with Adderall abuse, the following health problems could arise as well:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Irregular heart beat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Rapid breathing
  • High blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Sexual dysfunction

In some cases, your child could slip into a coma from misusing Adderall. If you notice any of these symptoms, or your child complains of them, it might be a good idea to ask additional questions to determine whether your child suffers from an addiction to this drug.

Under the right circumstances, you may be able to help your child before the police become involved. If not, then you will not only need to help your student with his or her addiction, but you may also be able to help with the legal process as well.

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