Adderall, Ritalin and other ADHD medications are used for people with hyperactive episodes. These are made from amphetamine salts and have a calming effect for people who have ADHD. However, for people who do not have ADHD, these medications can have the exact opposite effect. This medication can ask like a ‘speed’ type pill and give people tons of energy and concentration that will last for hours. That is why ADHD medications have become the number 1 abused prescription medications among high school and college students.
One of the things about the medical world that continue to baffle me is their ability to give out opiates like they are tic tacs. In the area where I grew up, heroin is the number one drug. Almost every drug addict is addicted to heroin, and while it is each person’s own choice, I feel the doctors giving these prescriptions out so easily are partly to blame. It’s so simple to get one of these prescriptions, even if you don’t need them. It’s even easier to get a refill and it’s no wonder that people are eventually turning to harder drugs to fill their opiate needs.
The more I listen to the news and word of mouth stories, the more I realize that kids seem to be trying drugs at a younger and younger age. We’re not even talking about starter drugs, we’re talking about real addiction to hardcore drugs that are difficult to get off of. No matter what I read I just can’t seem to find the answer as to why this is occurring so often.
I was recently watching a special on TV that stated 87% of the country is dealing with a drug addiction. At first, I thought there was no way this could be true, but the more I thought about it, it makes sense. Drug addiction is becoming such a common epidemic that I wonder how much worse things will get by the time my youngest has grown up.
Many, many times I have read that we are a Prozac nation. People claim that everyone from children to grandparents is either on Prozac or in need of it. This may be true- I know several people who love their Prozac and claim it gets them through day to day life. But the question is this- why are we a Prozac nation?