Students still turning to Adderall as study drug

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    Little Rock News:

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Students in highschool and college face the pressure of heavily weighted exams and papers, but how they cope with it varies widely. Statistics point toward more unwarranted use of Adderall.

    Coartney Row takes prescribed Adderall to make it through the day.

    "Just to stay awake and just to function," said Row.

    She's a mother of two and a part time student living with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD. Throughout high school and college years in Florida Row said friends would often ask her for Adderall.

    "Had people come up to me and say hey do you have Adderall because I have to study," said Row.

    Row would often comply, but said she never saw the transaction as a deal, but more like a favor.

    "They would approach me, but they would approach everybody," said Row.

    The accessibility of the drug continues to rise and more students turn to it. According to the University of Southern California Science Review, 14 percent of students said they have been asked to sell trade or distribute Adderall as of 2012.

    In a survey, 95 percent of students said they "were able to obtain a false diagnosis of ADHD by faking symptoms on one of the most commonly used self-reporting scales."

    UALR psychologist Mike Kirk said to take the numbers with perspective.

    "We seem to think that in some of these surveys and studies that it is an issue, but you're always dealing with people having to self report," said Kirk.

    Regardless of the statistic,s Kirk worries of drug addiction.

    "It can be habit forming. It's just like any other particular substance when it goes into the addictive phase that it can cause psychological, emotional, socio-economic and cultural issues as well," said Kirk.

    Row said she no longer sells her Adderall because of the risk of dependency.

    "There are other people that got so good into that feeling of how it made them feel and yes I'm passing things and I can't do anything without it now, who don't actually need it - and that's when you realized oh my God I'm addicted to it," said Row.

    Related Links:

    -U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy on prescription medication abuse
    -Coalition Against Drug Abuse - Adderall Abuse
    -Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration - Adderall & College Students

    Local Links:

    -Arkansas Take Back Program for prescription drugs
    -Find a local prescription drug collection site near you
    -Drug/alcohol abuse helpline
    -White House: Arkansas Drug Control Update

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