Adderall is a popular pharmaceutical stimulant. Doctors prescribe it as a treatment for ADHD — but often becomes a drug of abuse over time.
Adderall abuse can be difficult to detect, and the prescription status of the drug often makes people think it’s safer than it is.
The largest group of people abusing the drug are between the ages of 15 and 30 — often people who don’t look like your average drug user. They’re often students and young professionals, even professional athletes.
People take Adderall to boost productivity and academic success through its effect on focus and concentration.
Stimulants, in general, can be used to help us focus better; however, with repeated use, it can lead to changes in brain chemistry which leads to tolerance, and dependence.
This is where the real problems begin.
Adderall is very similar to methamphetamines (crystal meth) — with the main difference being how the drug is administered. Adderall is a tablet, while meth is usually smoked or injected. The effects, however, are very similar.