Food For Thought: A Look Into Adderal, Concerta, Ritalin And The Things Of This Nature

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One Saturday morning, just two days before spring finals week, Susan, a Western senior, began her morning routine. She took a quick shower, put on her makeup, ate a bowl of Lucky Charms and then took her medication. As she reached for her Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) pills, she realized she had only two pills left. Two weeks had passed since Susan last had her monthly Adderall prescription filled. However, her doctor in Tacoma had no problem satisfying her request two weeks early.Susan's need for an early prescription that morning wasn't due to her overusing her medication, and the pills weren't spilled or lost in the cushions of her couch. Susan illegally sells her Adderall and Ritalin pills to Western students for studying and recreational purposes.With the exception of a $10 co-pay, her medical insurance pays for the pills, which she sells for a near 100 percent profit. She charges $2 per Ritalin pill, $5 for one Adderall pill and $10 for three Adderall to her friends. She said one Adderall is comparable to four Ritalin. Susan has sold Ritalin and Adderall for two years to more than 20 different customers, most of whom are Western students. She said she has six "regulars" who generate $60 to $150 in revenue, depending on the time of the school year. During midterms and finals, demand increases because studying and lack of sleep become more intense. During these times, she raises the Adderall price to $10 a pill.So what are these drugs that students are so eager to get their hands on? Why are they such a big deal and why are people willing to pay so much money for them? To truly understand the power of drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, etc. one needs to understand the reason for their existence. We all know that everybody is made differently. Some people are born artistic, some born with short tempers, some people have the gift of mathematics and recently society has punched into our brains that people are born gay. When it comes to learning styles these rules still apply, every child develops differently. However our society has set a mold, if you will, of what is "smart" and what is "not so smart". As a result children all across America are labeled learning disabled, attention deficit, hyperactive, dyslexic and the list goes on.Drugs like Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta (primarily Adderall and Ritalin) have been developed to help children fill the pot holes in a road that is their learning style. Ritalin was originally developed to help dyslexic children and Adderall is primarily used to treat ADHD, dyslexia and even narcolepsy. These drugs help people focus their thoughts, they give them more energy, more motivation, more confidence and in most cases a better work ethic. However, much controversy surrounds these drugs. People feel that they are too powerful, that they have the potential to be dangerous and that they are regulated to loosely. Experimentation is also a big issue. Many people have smoked, snorted and...

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