Adderall Abuse On College Campuses Essay

1027 Words Jul 29th, 2016 5 Pages
Many people use drugs just for the effects, others however, will take a drug to try and increase performance, apart of a cultural ritual, or because of those around them using. Many college students will start taking Adderall or Ritalin to try and increase performance or to stay awake long enough to finish all of their work. Many Native American tribes used drugs like alcohol and tobacco as apart of rituals. You then have people who are apart of a great ecosystem of drug user, dealer, and seller who may get wrapped into drugs because they are apart of that group. College is a time where people have the most amount of pressure for academic and social success. Matthew D. Varga in the article Adderall Abuse on College Campuses discusses the many causes and effects of abusing the prescription drug Adderall and Ritalin. Varga points out four main reasons college age students will start abusing Adderall (Varga, p. 198). Number one being the pressure to succeed (Varga, p. 198). This can come from family members, yourself, pressure from scholarship programs and from your peers. The second factor being socio-cultural expectations, which could either come from academic expectations or social expectations (Varga, p. 199). Collegiate life style and how accessible prescription drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin are the third and fourth factor contributing to abuse (Varga, p. 199). Many people at Universities see Adderall has a none-harmful drug. However, according to Varga Adderall…

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