David Rabie wrote this article, a university student.  He’s not expert on steroids, and of course his ignorance about steroids is vast, but he is a smart man and knows the real abusive drugs.  Adderall is quickly becoming the most abused drug on university campuses , just after Marijuana and Alcohol!  Steroids are NOT even on the list, no joke.  The top 5 drugs on university campuses are as follows:

1) Alcohol

2) Marijuana

3) Adderall

4) Cocaine

5) Ecstacy
Notice something?  Anabolic steroids aren’t  on the list, why is that? simply because  people just don’t use steroids! really, it’s true.  Only a TINY portion of americans use steroids and  almost all of them are educated, white collar  males in their 30s.  Anabolic steroids are used to help with their look and get them in shape in the local gym, NOT as “performance enhancers.”

I could delve into a psychological analysis as to why there has been such a proliferation of stimulant use in the 21st century, but I will concentrate on what I believe is a bigger problem: the use of certain prescription drugs by students without prescriptions. This has recently gone through the roof. The most popular drugs are amphetamines such as Adderall, which helps a person stay awake and focused. Students buy these innocuous-looking pills from other students who, rightfully or not, have a prescription entitling them to use the drugs.

The pills are cheap, the short-term side effects are minimal, and the effects are undeniable. In the frenzied pace of the University of California quarter system, where finals and midterms are everything, popping an “Addy” can be the quickest way to an A.

There are no punitive short-term side effects that would inhibit students from taking the pills without a prescription, and the nonchalance with which some take them is frightening. The effects are so beneficial that even if there were strong side effects, these might not deter students from taking the pills. America as a society has no idea how far-reaching the abuse of these pills is. They know that pills for attention-deficit disorder are over-prescribed, but they fail to realize that students abusing them without prescriptions is an equally serious problem.

Can Adderall in schools be discussed on the same plane as steroids in sports?

Steroids are a performance-enhancing drug; they give an unfair and illegal advantage to athletes who take them. What better way to describe Adderall than a performance-enhancing drug?

Neither Adderall nor steroids has been studied enough to safely say that long-term side effects are minimal.

I believe it is both illegal and unfair for students without a prescription to take these drugs. Students who do not take Adderall but still study for hours have a right to feel they are being cheated.

It’s time students and faculty alike realize that stimulant use among students has gotten out of hand. Adderall abuse is just the worst face of it. We are living in a world in which taking a caffeine pill is often easier than buying a cup of coffee and where consuming 24-ounce Rockstar energy drinks with 75 grams of sugar is considered the safer alternative to pill-popping. We need to publicize the problem and start doing something about it.

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