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Adderall Abuse Rising Among Young People, Hopkins Finds

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In 2014, Oriole Chris Davis was suspended for 25 games after testing positive for Adderall. He’s not the only one recreationally using the an amphetamine used to treat ADHD; according to new research out of Johns Hopkins, an increasing number of young people are abusing the drug.

Ravens’ Haloti Ngata Suspended for Rest of Regular Season

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Haloti Ngata

In the latest edition of a Baltimore athlete getting suspended for Adderall, Ravens’ defensive lineman Haloti Ngata was suspended for four games, the team announced.

One Path to the Ivy League: Just Fake ADHD

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It really shouldn’t be surprising by now. Schools fudge their average SAT scores and kids trade Adderall before big exams, so clearly the next natural step is students faking medical diagnoses to get into Ivy League schools.

So, at least, reports the Daily Beast, which spoke with a current student at an elite college, who got diagnosed with ADHD, petitioned to take both his SATs and school exams untimed, got great scores… and, now that he’s at the prestigious college of his choice, doesn’t take ADHD meds. Nor does he ever consider himself to have the disorder — if he ever did.

And while precise numbers are hard to come by, of course, the College Board reports that the number of students taking its tests in “nonstandard conditions” is up. There’s plenty of information online about how to fake your way into an ADHD diagnosis.

All this fakery puts kids with real ADHD — and those trying to get by with honest test scores — at a disadvantage. So far, this seems to be primarily a New York City private school phenomenon… as far as we can tell. Have you seen any signs of ADHD faking in Baltimore?

Is Using Adderall Cheating?

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A friend’s younger brother emailed her just yesterday, asking if she knew where he could score some “study aids” (aka Ritalin or Adderall)… not because he didn’t know where to get them himself, but because impending finals meant that his usual sources were all tapped out. This story isn’t anything new, of course; over-caffeinated college students eager for the next level of conccentration-enablers have repurposed ADHD medication since the drugs were synthesized a couple of decades ago. In fact, the use of study drugs has become so widespread in recent years that the government is worried enough to step in. In its latest strategy report, the White House Office of Drug Control vows to introduce new policies specifically targeted to college students and their study drugs.

(And the Adderall craze is hardly limited to college campuses. A friend’s mother recalled discovering Ritalin that an ADHD friend had loaned to her daughter to help her concentrate on the SAT — and this was seven years ago in Baltimore. As high-pressure schools become even more competitive, odds are good that even more pre-college kids are turning to prescription study aids these days.)

How exactly the crackdown will happen remains to be seen, and some college administrators are skeptical:  “People on Adderall don’t pee in the hallways,” an assistant dean at Vanderbilt told the Washington Post. “Everyone’s aware of [study drug abuse], but I think we’re all focused on the more prevalent one — alcohol.” Other schools take things a bit more seriously; at Duke, illegally using prescription stimulants counts academic dishonesty. In other words, cheating. Then there are those who consider these drugs “neuroenhancers,” and think you’d be crazy to not take them.

So, what’s your take on Adderall?  Academic steroids, or the next step in making our brains better?

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