Over the past decade there has been a huge increase in the number of ADD drugs prescribed to individuals, with a 2 and a half times increase in the amount of adderall prescribed from 2007-2011 for those aged 20 to 39. Alongside seeing prescriptions in this type of drug rise, there’s also been a big increase in these drugs being used recreationally.
It’s impossible to know the full extent to which this problem has now spread, but here we look into 3 main reasons for recreational use and the facts behind it.
Dubbed the ‘study drug’ many are introduced to adderall and other ADD drugs during college as a means for increasing their concentration. In fact, a study from the University of Michigan found that 35% of college students were misusing ADD drugs around exam periods or when under high stress levels. Separate studies by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found approximately 6.4% of college students were using ADD drugs non-medically.
This problem is not limited to college students, one survey found that 4.9% of eighth graders have used adderall without a prescription.
Whilst 1 in 5 students have used ADD drugs, the abuse is not limited to those studying. 1 in 7 non-students (of student age) are also using the drugs recreationally. 40% of a recent survey found that young people were using ADD medication just to stay awake and with 28% of people also sharing their legal prescriptions with friends. This has accelerated these drugs into the party scene as a way to stay up for longer and have more energy.
For Weight loss
Adderall, and other ADD stimulant drugs, is also often associated with weight loss. There are thousands of miracle stories about losing 80+ pounds purely through taking adderall. This is because it acts as an appetite suppressant, thereby helping you to lose weight. Combined with those taking adderall to help them party harder, it can also be abused as a way to cancel out the effects of late nights drinking and eating junk food by cutting your appetite the following day.
It’s clear that we don’t know for certain the exact numbers around the abuse of ADD drugs and their recreational uses. But we do know the number of these medications being taken daily, both prescribed and otherwise, is significantly on the up. These drugs have some severe side effects and can cause life-changing dependencies too so there’s a huge risk involved with taking them recreationally. If you, or friends, are using any ADD drugs recreationally then it’s important to consult with a doctor immediately and create a plan to end your substance abuse.