Opinion

WVU student newspaper decries stimulant abuse

An editorial from The Daily Athenaeum:

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. –Each one of us can think of at least one person who has taken Adderall to get through studying for that tough final or that 20-page research paper. It might even be you, the reader. The usage of this drug is so prominent, many of us don’t even think twice when we hear a person has bought or used it.

And that is exactly the issue. Instead of developing helpful study skills or practicing time management, students are turning to the drug to help them during times of greater stress.

This seems like a quick, harmless fix, but in reality, it is anything but. Not only is taking unprescribed drugs potentially physically harmful, it’s illegal to buy or sell.

If you get caught buying Adderall, or any drug that hasn’t been prescribed to you, you could face serious fines or criminal charges. The same is true for selling drugs.

Adderall, typically diagnosed to patients with Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, is one of the most highly abused drugs on college campuses. It’s also one of the most overprescribed drugs on the market, making it much easier to purchase illegally. While a person seeking treatment with the drug must take several tests, it’s possible to fool the doctors and attain a prescription whether or not it is actually needed, which can hurt the chances of those individuals who truly need it.

Adderall is a stimulant, much along the same strain as crystal meth or cocaine, and it is used most commonly to hyper-focus on one task at a time.

But by going this route, you aren’t allowing yourself to develop necessary strategies for later in life.

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