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Published: Saturday, May 4 2013 11:55 p.m. MDT

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AZKID
Mapleton, UT

Adderall? Never heard of it. From the perspective of good journalism, shouldn't there be at least a sentence or two giving the reader some context here? I am reasonably well read, and have no previous knowledge of this subject whatsoever. Is it a controlled substance? A prescription medication? A stimulant? (Probably yes, since that can be inferred by its use during finals?) Is it's abuse generally a problem beyond East Coast college students? Should I be worried about my college kids? I guess there is always Google...

ER in AF
Baghdad, 00

They want you to google it. It is an amphetimine based drug used for treatment of ADD, A-HdTV and the like. OK,I can't remember the ADH one. But you get my drift.

mattrick78
Cedar City, UT

If people find college this stressful that they need to abuse Adderall, do they find their careers as stressful later on for them to abuse again?

joseywales
Park City, UT

AZKID- really? I kind of thought everyone knew what adderall was. But maybe you have to have kids to have heard about it. It was over prescribed a few years back. Everytime you mentioned to your doctor that your kid was a little out of sync, or not doing as well as you hoped, they would instantly say they were ADHD and put them on Adderall. I had two kids on it, and it nearly wiped them out! Come to find out, they were just going through puberty and "normal" by most standards. I wouldn't recommend anyone use that junk! We had a new doctor tell us to limit our kids processed sugar and HFCS intake, as well as caffeine, and junk food for 30 days, and see if there were any changes. Sure enough, they were right back to normal, and they both did so much better in school, that they took it upon themselves to eat this way every day. That was 10 years ago, and they never needed Adderall in college, and did splendidly!

Highlandmom
American Fork, UT

Mattrick78-Adderall isn't used alieviate stress, it is (mis)used as a study and memory aid for high stake exams. People with ADD/ADHD benefit by being able to focus and not be so easily distracted which can be live changing.

Joseywales-Adderall is not "junk" for those who are properly diagnosed and, in fact, have ADD or ADHD. The fact that you saw a doctor who would just hand it out without rigorous/extensive diagnostics says more about the kind of medicine the doctor practiced (junk?) than it does about the medication. You are very fortunate your children do not have to deal with ADHD or ADD. Just please don't preach that Adderall is "junk." When used properly, it can make a world of difference for those who truly need it.

AZKID
Mapleton, UT

@josywales: Yes, that is literally true. Never heard of the stuff, and certainly never been offered it by a doctor. And I do have have five kids. Just blessed with good kids, I guess. My wife and I do think we may have had a part to play in that, though. We are a bit old school. Not much in the way of video games, lots of focus on academics, and a large vegetable garden etc. to teach hard work and the law of the harvest. So for what it is worth, that is our Aderall-free formula.

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