Adderall Abuse Epidemic Reaches Brazos Valley Students

By: Daniel Armbruster Email
By: Daniel Armbruster Email

It's a drug that many believe will make you smarter.

"Somebody told me it would help me study and keep me awake,” said an Aggie student.

On college campuses, in some circles it's handed out like candy even at Texas A&M.

"It's everywhere. Like everyone is on it and everyone asks if I have it,” said the student.

Students tell News 3, Adderall and other drugs used to treat A.D.D. help them take on the pressures of making the grade.

"Whenever I took it I thought it really helped. It's harder to get around final times because the demand is so high,” said the student.

"I've never taken Adderall,” said Kelsey Dugas, a senior at A&M, but Dugas says she knows it's all around. "I've had people just randomly in class, like my classmates right next to me just ask me if I have Adderall,” said Dugas.

While there are not any documented statistics about the abuse of A.D.D. prescriptions at Texas A&M or Blinn College, doctors say there is definitely reason for growing concern.

"Ever since I moved here six years ago I've had a steady flow of students who come to me and say I think I have ADD…I think there is an epidemic if you want to call it that. It's a big problem on campus,” said Gabriel A Neal, M.D. with St. Joseph Regional Health Center. Dr. Neal says there are physical, psychological and even social risks related to Adderall abuse.

"The academic integrity of the school is at risk when you have students using these medicines."

Dr. Neal wants to see new guidelines that define symptoms for A.D.D. and doctors prescribing the drugs to few patients.

The FDA recently released a warning to consumers about purchasing Adderall online, as a counterfeit version of the widely used ADHD drug has sold in mass quantities recently. For more information go to AAFP.orga>

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