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Adderall Abuse On College Campuses: Keep Students Safe

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Just like you and me, Richard Fee was just another busy college student. He was class president, had a full college scholarship, and was even set on medical school. With so much on his plate, he didn’t think much when he took the pill his friend offered him in order to concentrate longer. However, that pill was an Adderall pill: and three years and multiple drug prescriptions later, raddled with an out of control Adderall addiction, Richard took his own life.

So many people are like Richard Fee, and do not know just how addictive Adderall is before they take their first pill. Just 2% of students consider Adderall to be “very dangerous.” But Adderall is a big deal. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration puts Adderall, a prescription drug to treat ADHD and narcolepsy, right next to morphine, opium, and methamphetamine in terms of addictiveness. Its effects on those without ADHD include increased blood pressure, heart rate, insomnia, irritability, and at some dosages, cardiac arrest.

The most clear-cut way to address this issue and save future students like Richard is to decrease the availability of Adderall on college campuses in the first place. Because 74% of all college Adderall abusers get the drugs from a friend with a prescription, we must reorganize the way Adderall prescriptions are administered so that patients do not receive multiple prescriptions at the same time, and therefore can't sell their extras. We can accomplish this simply. By amending the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) to include Adderall on its list of opioids, heroin, and methamphetamine, we can decrease the Adderall supply on campuses, and help students be safer in their institutions of learning. We can do this.

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