Adderall Use in the United States has exploded in recent years in the United States. Originally prescribed for ADHD in children, Adderall use has exploded in the US. Today, Adderall is now one of the most prescribed medications in the country with prescriptions written for Adderall increasing by nearly five times from 2002 to 2012.
Originally Prescribed For Children
Adderall, otherwise known as Amphetamine, has historically been prescribed to children. But some of the most recent studies such as in 2012, 42.5% of adderall prescriptions were written for children under the age of 18 while 57.5 % of the prescriptions were written for adults. Today, the adult market for Adderall now makes up the majority of users of legally produced stimulants in the US.
Adderall is a Schedule II controlled substance by the US Government, which means there is a high risk for addiction. Many people today taking Adderall for generational purposes. Although when Adderall is taken as prescribed by a doctor, there is little risk of addiction, but when taken for the “euphoric” effect, the risk of abuse goest through the roof.
We have seen a tremendous increase in Adderall use on college campuses. The use of Adderall in college students has risen substantially in the last 5 years. A recent study, published by the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, claims that most of the abuse of the drug is on college campuses. The study looks at statistics from 2006 through 2011 and found that abuse of Adderall was mainly young adults who were not getting prescribed the drug, but acquiring the medication from family, friends and dealers and not being prescribed Adderall by a physician.
College Student Explains the Effects of Adderall
Some of the signs of Adderall Addiction include:
- Talking more than normal
- Loss of appetite even for favorite foods
- Unusual excitability
- Withdraw from social activity
- New financial troubles
- Overall increase in aggression
- Oversleeping or sleeping a strange times
- Secretive behavior
If you feel that you know someone who may be displaying some of the above characteristics of drug Adderall abuse, please contact a professional. In many instances a rehabilitation center may be needed to save their life.
Although the prices of Adderall on the street can vary dramatically, the monthly costs for fulfilling a monthly prescription, even without help from insurance, is relatively affordable compared to other drugs such as cocaine.
Amphetamine mixture (Adderall)
$285 – $298/month for 10, 15, 20, and 30 mg tablet brand name
$84 – $94/month for 10, 15, 20, and 30 mg tablet generic
Amphetamine mixture (Adderall XR)
$265 – $291/month for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 mg continuous-delivery capsule brand name
$177 – $184/month for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 mg continuous-delivery capsule generic
$256/month for 5 mg/5 ml solution brand name
$24/month for 5 mg tablet generic
$229/month for 10 mg sustained-release capsule brand name
$100/month for 10 mg sustained-release capsule generic
$70/month for 2.5 mg tablet brand name
$52/month for 2.5 mg tablet generic
$317/month for 5 mg/5 ml solution brand name
$240/month for 5 mg/5 ml solution generic
Methylphenidate (Methylin ER)
$34/month for 10 mg sustained-release tablet brand name
$32/month for 10 mg sustained-release tablet generic
$66/month for 5 mg tablet brand name
$18/month for 5 mg tablet generic
$238/month for 20 mg/9 hr patch/disc brand name
$33/month for 20 mg extended-release tablet generic
Methylphenidate (Metadate CD)
$188/month for 30 mg sustained-release capsule brand name
$144/month for 30 mg sustained-release capsule generic
$207/month for 18 mg sustained-release tablet brand name
$172/month for 18 mg sustained-release tablet generic
$215/month for 27 mg sustained-release tablet brand name
$176/month for 27 mg sustained-release tablet generic