Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Miracle Drug

Adderall is a very popular drug, especially amongst college students. Who wouldn't want a little help studying for their exam? Who wouldn't want something that's going to keep you moving all day ... ensuring you get all your errands done? It is the Energizer Bunny of pills, and is ideally an amazing assistant in the process of obtaining one's degree.

If this pill is something that is not available to all students, is it really fair? How can one discriminate who earned their "A+" with the help of a pill, or who stayed up all night cramming for their exam? Obviously, using an ADHD medication, when you do not have ADHD is a problem in itself, but there is no way to stop this from happening. Through continued use of Adderall, it gives those students an edge above the rest-- almost like a steroid in a sporting event.

Frequent use of Adderall reminds me of the movie, LIMITLESS. The movie trailer is below, and summarizes the entire movie. He is so dependent on this drug, that his life flies right past him. He is so powered by the help of this pill, that it almost seems as if the drug lived his life, not him. He lost his sense of self, and allowed the drug to decide his every move.

By: Katie McGinley


  1. Like I said in my post, I have never heard of students taking adderall to focus on their school work. After reading the article, I said that I do not think its a big deal for students who are taking the drug for non-medical reasons. The only problem like you mentioned was dependency.

  2. I've heard of it happening a lot. The article says that it is not addictive, but I know several people who are addicted to it. Yes, dependency is the biggest problem in my opinion.

  3. I love how you compared it to this movie. That is exactly what came to my head.