By Eleanor Angel, Chattanooga, TN—When life gets busy and full, it gets hard to concentrate at times, and some have found that the drug Adderall is their “key to success.”

This drug is becoming more and more popular on college campuses even though, without a prescription, this drug is illegal.

“The off-label use of Adderall is on the rise, and is causing rising Adderall side effects in a population that is for the most part uninformed about Adderall side effects and indications,” according to

Not only is this drug popular among students that need to get their studies done, but it is also becoming more prevalent among athletes in order to enhance performance.

In fact, according to, this drug can be cause for failure of drug testing.

NASCAR driver A. J. Allmendinger was suspended from the Coke Zero 400 after failing an unexpected drug test.

“According to Allmendinger, he was given the drug by a friend of his after complaining about being tired during a night out in Lexington, Ky. The friend told the 30-year-old that it was a workout supplement that would give him energy,'” according to said that this drug is one that may be necessary for those it is prescribed to but that this drug is one that is casually abused in many groups.

“Adderall is affecting the Bucs, with cornerback Aqib Talib suspended four games for violating league policy on performance enhancing drugs,” said. “He’s currently enrolled in NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program, and hopes to be reinstated.” also states that there are many other athletes that have gotten suspended for using adderall over the past few years. also said that “Doctors say Adderall poses potentially dangerous health risks that can outweigh the positives for those without a medical need. But that doesn’t stop athletes trying to get an edge.”

According to, “An estimated 1 in 5 students has abused Adderall, a powerful combination of four time-released amphetamines that increase the amount of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain.”

According to, most of the time the side affects of this drug are moderate, there is potential for this drug to threaten one’s life.

“These extreme effects of Adderall abuse include: phonetic tics, high blood pressure, rapid pulse rate, elevated blood pressure, increased heart rate, hallucinations, Tourette’s syndrome, and cardiomyopathy. Amphetamines like Adderall can impair judgment and the ability to engage in potentially hazardous activities like operating machinery, vehicles and sports participation,” according to

College students and others need to be informed of the effects of this drug that is taken so casually.

Students sell Adderall in the middle of class or even right outside the buildings and what they don’t realize is that there is a reason that a prescription is required. This drug is not safe for everyone.

But honestly, the bad side affects of Adderall should not be the reason prescribed users take caution. This drug is illegal without a prescription.

What about the mindset of college students makes it so easy to dismiss the fact that something is, by law, illegal.

According to Google’s definition illegal is means “Contrary to or forbidden by law…”

People should be more cautious and aware of what is “forbidden by law”. There is a reason Adderall is illegal and students, athletes, kids, adults, etc. should take this into consideration before popping the pill next time.


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