Overview of Adderall Abuse
Medications can be effective when they are used properly, but some can be addictive and dangerous when misused. Fortunately, most Americans take their medications responsibly. Addiction to prescription drugs is rare. However, in 2003, approximately 15 million Americans reported using a prescription drug for non-medical reasons at least once during the year.
Reasons for Adderall Abuse
There are many reasons why Adderall is abused. One reason Adderall is abused is to get "high." Stimulants such as Adderall can increase alertness, attention, and energy, which are accompanied by increases in blood pressure
, heart rate, and breathing. Another reason Adderall is abused is for weight loss (see Adderall and Weight Loss)
. Weight loss is a common side effect of Adderall. Adderall is also sometimes abused by students who do not have ADHD, but feel that it helps them perform better in school.