Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hey kid - wanna buy some Adderall?

It's been widely reported for a few years that Adderall, a prescription drug used to treat ADHD, is abused by college students (and some of their professors) who believe it's a "smart" drug that can increase performance during exams and other "crunch" times.  But you probably didn't know just how easy it is to score the drug until this report from the University of Wisconsin, Madison where two journalism students were able to get some illicit Adderall within 56 seconds of asking a stranger.

Last school year, two UW-Madison journalism students walked into a campus library with a mission: See how fast they could score some Adderall, a popular prescription 'smart drug' that users say improves their ability to study.

They were good to go in 56 seconds.

All it took was a tap on the shoulder of one woman, a stranger at a table of students studying in silence. Asked if she knew where someone could buy some Adderall, the woman offered to call her friend downstairs, who was selling it.

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'When I first started taking Adderall, I was like Superwoman,' said Alyssa, a recent UW-Madison graduate now studying at a law school in New York. She asked that her real name not be used out of fear it might harm her career. 'You get a little jolt, and you’re just so much more motivated.'

But Alyssa also experienced the downside of the stimulant, which is commonly available for $5 a pill. A few years ago, she began overusing Adderall, overdosed  and landed in the hospital.

You can read the rest courtesy of the Wisconsin State Journal.

Hat tip to Inside Higher Ed.



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