week rapidly approaches, students are beginning to scramble in preparation for
exams and papers, looking for anything that can offer assistance in completing
the last days of the semester. One of the aids that some students turn to is
Due to the nature of this subject, the
sources that were willing to talk about using Adderall wished to remain
anonymous. Both anonymous sources quoted in this article are students of the
University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point.
“It is the most over prescribed drug there
is. Some people use to get high,” said Gregor Metys, who works as a registered
nurse. “Honestly, there’s not much of a health risk, but it can be addictive,”
Metys said. “It is made of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Both work on the
central nervous system. They are stimulants. The problem is if you mix it with
other things too. If you mix a stimulant with alcohol, it is really bad for
For a person who has attention deficit
disorder or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, the drug will help with
focus and the ability to stay on task. When prescribed by a doctor, it can be
very helpful and even necessary. One UWSP student talked about why he uses
Adderall and the positive and negative effects it has.
“Well, I use it all the time since it’s
prescribed to me. I don’t take more of it during finals,” this student said.
“It helps increase concentration and academic stamina. I can study for longer
and have better retention of the information. As far as negative side-effects
go, there haven’t been too many for me, although if it’s taken too late in the
day you can have trouble sleeping. Another issue is that you can get a little
bit of state-dependent memory type issues where information learned when not
on the drug is not as easily recalled.”
Taken under the wrong circumstances,
though, the drug can work against someone trying to study.
“Years ago, I had tried it recreationally.
It did not help me study at all. It only made me more hyper and less attentive.
Maybe because I don’t have ADD or ADHD. I couldn’t focus at all,” said another
There are ramifications beyond just the
body’s physical reactions, though. Anyone who is caught with Adderall without a
prescription is at serious risk for legal consequences.
“Being caught holding Adderall is a felony with a
minimum penalty of one year in jail. But it’s not just Adderall. It’s any
prescription drug a person is holding without a prescription,” said Sergeant
Dan Wheeler of the Stevens Point Police Department. “The penalty goes up
exponentially if you are caught dealing it. Then you are looking at three to