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In the News: Adderall - the New Study Buddy?


To many the drug Adderall is a necessity because taking it allows them to process information more efficiently and enhances concentration. These people legitimately need to take it for a condition known as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADD and ADHD medications such as Adderall are amphetamines that serve as a stimulant to enhance focus for individuals with these conditions. For others it is used as a“study aid" or "study buddy.”

Adderall is classified as a schedule II narcotic which can be as dangerous as cocaine or meth. While Adderall is considered safe when taken as prescribed by a doctor, experts say it can be very addictive. Among 18 to 20-year-olds, full-time college students were twice as likely as their counterparts who didn’t attend college to use Adderall for non-medical purposes, according to a 2009 report based on The National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Britain's Academy of Medical Sciences, have characterized the use of "study drugs" as a form of cheating, akin to the use of steroids in sports. Do students who don't medically need to take Adderall have an unfair advantage? Sound off and tell us what you think.


Anonymous said...

Students who don't medically need Adderall certainly have an unfair advantage. Non-medical use should be considered an ethics violation by the Hopkins Ethics Board, just as steroids are not allowed in most sports.