Adderall Addiction: A Growing Problem
For people who suffer from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), the amphetamine-based medicine Adderall can help to decrease the symptoms and increase daily performance. However, people who do not have ADHD are now looking to fake the symptoms for a prescription, especially those of college-age. Taking notes in class, studying at night, and receiving tutoring are no longer the ideal way of achieving high marks in class. When taken by people who do not suffer from ADHD, Adderall will provide them an extreme focus and make it easier for them to absorb educational material.2 A constant dependence on Adderall to pass classes turns into a nasty addiction to the medicine, a faking of ADHD to receive more, and dangerous path to suicide.2
ADHD and Adderall Addiction
According to The New York Times article “Drowned in a Stream of Prescriptions,” a bright young college student named Richard Fee became caught up in using Adderall for the wrong reasons, and it ended up costing him his life.1 Fee—who, in reality, did not suffer from ADHD—went to see a psychiatrist to obtain a prescription for the medicine, and he was successful.1 In fact, if you conduct an internet search for “Adderall,” the first page will be lined with sites teaching you how to fake an ADHD diagnosis.1 Fee ended up in a psychiatric hospital after becoming a delusional addict, where he received 90 more days of Adderall.1 Two weeks after he finished the prescription, he hanged himself.1
Over-Diagnosis of ADHD
Physicians tend to jump to the conclusion that anyone with a little concentration problem have ADHD and are quick to write a prescription for the addictive medicine.1 Fee isn’t the only college student whose story took a turn for the worst after becoming addicted to Adderall.1 According to The New York Times, 14 million Adderall prescriptions were written for Americans aged 20 to 39 in 2011—up two-and-a-half times that of what it was just four years ago.1 In order for this to change, physicians need to conduct stricter initial evaluations, read patients better, and be cautious when writing a prescription for an addictive medicine—especially for young adults who haven’t exhibited symptoms of ADHD until college.2
 Schwarz, Alan. “Drowned in a Stream of Prescriptions.” The New York Times. The New York Times Company, 2 Feb. 2013. Web. 14 Feb. 2013. <http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/us/concerns-about-adhd-practices-and-amphetamine-addiction.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0>.
 Daily Editorial Board. “Adderall addiction.” The Minnesota Daily. The Minnesota Daily, 12 Feb. 2013. Web. 14 Feb. 2013. http://www.mndaily.com/2013/02/12/adderall-addiction. adhd.