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Orem is located in the state of Utah with a population of 88,328 according to the 2010 census. Orem was ranked fifth place for the best city to raise a family, going by the moniker “Family City USA”. Orem is home to Sevens-Henager College and Utah State University, providing both education and employment to the majority of Orem’s residents, fueling the economy.
Drug abuse on Orem Utah’s college campuses is on the rise. College students are abusing ADHD, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, medications as a way to attain mental alertness. They are calling ADHA medications “Study Drugs” because it allows them to focus and spend the night studying with out sleep or lose of concentration.
Attention deficit hyperactive disorder
Attention deficit hyperactive disorder is a neurologically based behavioral disorder, affecting both children and adult a like. The inability to pay attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive actions are symptoms of attention deficit hyperactive disorder. This disorder has become a very common diagnosis for students who claim that they are unable to concentrate or focus on their studies. Doctors are prescribing drugs that effectively target the levels of certain hormones which counteract the symptoms of ADHD.
To treat attention deficit hyperactive disorder prescription drugs such as Adderall are prescribed to patients. Adderall is a psycostimulant made with a mixture of several active ingredients that include amphetamine salts which is found in many ADHD medications. Amphetamines are used to block the reuptake of dopamine from the neural synapses and increasing the uptake into subsequent neurons. The increased dopamine flow in the frontal cortex then allows the brain to carry on its executive functions as a normal brain would. The use of Adderall counteracts the symptoms of ADHD.
ADHD medication abuse
Students commonly abuse medication such as Adderall that are used to treat ADHD because of the heightened sense of motivation, focus, and concentration. It give the students the ability to pull all-nighters, read hundreds of pages at a time, and write pages and pages of that final paper. The risk of dependency is very high as many students say that they use Adderall only for studying for large tests and completing important assignments.
Adderall and other ADHD medications can increase blood pressure, having the risk of sudden death, stroke and heart attack. These medications are known for decreasing appetite, leading to weight loss in its users. Users will begin to feel restless. Long term use of medications such as adderall have been known to affect mood and behavior, increase aggression in its users.
It is time for Rehab. Get help with Drug Addiction.
Over 25% of college students make the choice to use ADHD medications as “study drugs”. At the time of using the medication they are thinking about getting good grades and how their education is going to affect their future. After a few uses of these medications the student is addicted, needing drugs to study, write papers and such. The thought of how this is going to affect my health never crossed their minds, not sleeping or eating, loosing drastic amounts of weight, feeling restless and feeling aggressive towards other, moody. Orem Utah’s Rehabilitation centers will help you learn to learn and live with out the use of these dangerous stimulants. Your education is important but so is your health. Contact an Orem rehab program to begin taking the first step towards recovery.