Adderall, a commonly prescribed medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can’t seem to stay out of the news, and the reason is disturbing: It is one of the most abused drugs in America, particularly among youth.
Many college, high school, and middle school-aged students believe the “good grades” drug will give them an edge and help them improve focus. Those who abuse Adderall mistakenly believe the drug is safe because doctors commonly prescribe it for children.
But Adderall is actually a potent central nervous system stimulant that can cause serious – and potentially deadly – side effects. It is highly addictive and carries a high risk of abuse.
Suicide, paranoia, psychosis (which led to suicide in this particularly disturbing case), sudden death (even in young children), fatal car accidents, and even murder have been linked with the medication.
Perhaps most disturbing: the drug can induce psychosis that is nearly identical to schizophrenia – so close, in fact, that scientists use it to study the disease.