“One 2008 study, which interviewed 1,800 college students, reported that 81 percent of them perceived illicit use of ADHD drugs as being completely harmless, or only “slightly dangerous.” This is despite the fact that these drugs are Schedule II substances — just like cocaine, methamphetamines, and morphine. As such, drugs like as Ritalin, Vyvanse, Strattera, and Adderall have very real health risks.”
This alarming article not only talks about the dangers of these drugs commonly prescribed for young children, but also the fact that many college students are using them for the purpose of keeping up with a challenging school schedule. There’s no doubt that college students are in a high pressure situation. Having raised three, all of whom excelled during their college years, I can attest to the fact that the stress can certainly tempt our young people to find less than safe and healthy options for dealing with it.
These stimulant drugs are not harmless as the article clearly shows. Besides the chance of accidentally overdosing, which could be disastrous, these drugs can cause permanent brain, cardiovascular and liver damage, as well as changes in personality including depression and hallucinations.
While the article focuses on the dangers to those young adults between the ages of 18 and 25, I also question the safety for young children whose brains are just developing. There are many simple changes that can be made, which the article lists, including cleaning up the diet by eliminating sugar, food additives and wheat, including naturally fermented and cultured, probiotic rich foods; getting adequate sleep and learning some effective stress management techniques.
Do you know any college aged young people who might be tempted to use ADHD drugs?
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