Adderall Is Legal Speed, and It’s Sending Young Adults to the ER

Popular culture enjoys mocking images of the meth-infested armpit of America, poking fun at these trailer park serpents and their speed freak existence, without ever once considering that a common prescription medication designed to combat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)—one that has become a feel good favorite among the academic world—is essentially the same high-powered substance as the zombie dust of the Midwest.

Although prescription drugs like Adderall and Ritalin come packaged in little brown bottles and are backed by the illusionary safety endorsement of a licensed physician, these stimulant medications can be dangerous if abused with the right amount of fiendish enthusiasm. In fact, a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry indicates that an increasing number of young adults have been checking into emergency rooms over the past few years due to accidental overdoses on this socially accepted speed.

In their analysis of data provided by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, researchers discovered that the recreational use of Adderall and its generic varieties increased in adults by about 67 percent between 2006 and 2011. What’s more is this medication is being abused with such a blasé attitude and lack of respect for its potential health ramifications that it is causing more people to be admitted into the hospital with each passing year. The report shows that emergency room visits for symptoms of an Adderall overdose went from 862 in 2006 to nearly 1,500 in 2011.

– Read the entire article at High Times.