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College students abusing Adderall during final exams

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A drug used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, or ADHD, is now being used recreationally by college students as a way to focus during final exams, Adderall.

So how are students are getting their hands on this prescription drug? And, how common is it on Tri-State campuses?

"In a few of my classes I've heard people talking about how they've tried it or how they used it to get through a certain, like really big project," said Quincy University Freshman Olivia Welby.

"I'm sure it's around and I'm sure people have it on campus, just like any other college campus would," said Quincy University Senior Akinyemi Akintoye.

A tablet of Adderall has become an ingredient for academic success for college students. Outpatient Counselor Jeanna Parkhill at Recovery Resources in Quincy says some of the students using it, aren't prescribed it.

"People have friends that have it so it's available, they can take it," said Parkhill. "Or, sometimes people do buy it and it is sold on the streets."

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, the non-medical use of Adderall has increased over the years, particularly among young adults ages 18 to 25.

Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer says, just like anything else, if teens want something they'll find a way to get it.

"Kids are cramming and pulling all-nighters and doing whatever, and if they feel like taking something allows them to stay awake and stay alert, then I guess they're going to do that," said Fischer.

Even though Adderall pills may not look like anything dangerous, Parkhill says it could lead to big problems if students get addicted.

"Sometimes individuals that start with a stimulant have to take more to get the same effect," said Parkill. "Then they'll move on to something else that's going to give them energy like cocaine or methamphetamine. "

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, treatment of an Adderall addiction is similar to that of a meth addiction. Patients would be tapered off the drug and would then go through detox and behavioral therapy.

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