Editorial: Productivity in pill form

There are few things a student needs to ensure a productive day at the library: Books, pens, laptop, a coffee and Adderall. With the demand for the prescription steadily increasing during finals week, it seems the Adderall craze is devouring students’ lives and some might be feeling incompetent in their academic abilities without it.

Adderall is an amphetamine. The prescription pill is most commonly used for those suffering from attention deficit disorders to enhance their abilities to focus on basic tasks. However, university students have also been known to use the drug to help them study, especially during final exams.

While Adderall is effective in increasing productivity, there are still negative side effects. Sometimes, the pill will turn on you, and will make you feel like you’re on “Maderall” or “Saderall” with abundant unpredictable mood swings.

Unfortunately, Adderall doesn’t make you smarter. Adderall makes users feel like they have consumed an entire bucket of coffee, and makes focusing on tedious work easier. Students who use Adderall should not believe the myth that it will magically increase your GPA and they’ll graduate with honors through continued use. The “Limitless” pill is still fiction, but we are still hoping that it will one day exist.

With so many students becoming reliant on the medication when they feel overwhelmed with schoolwork, it isn’t unreasonable to predict Adderall usage will become socially acceptable. Will students abuse the drug if they have too much housework to do? Where will we draw the line between experimental drug use and drug dependency?

Adderall is a blessing for those who have it actually prescribed for them, so they can carry out normal activities with ease. We don’t want to condone all drug use when it is a necessity for some people. Adderall should not be abused or overused by students in order to deal with a rigorous course-load. Try, instead, a full night’s rest or a wholesome diet.


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