Remember our Addiction Issue last month? It struck a nerve with a few readers, including College of Charleston student Justin Brewer.
Brewer, a junior double-majoring in mass communications and studio art, had this to say in response to the Adderall stories:
I'm tired of this talk about Adderall.
College kids pop these like M&Ms. This is evident, or there would not be an article about a "near-freak-out among CofC students."
I'm typing this in the college library. If I wanted to get some Adderall, I guarantee there is someone in this building right now that would sell it to me. I've been offered it more times that I can count, and I never complained about studying to any of them. I think people take Adderall because they want to, not as an ends to a means, and certainly not to boost their GPA.
The student specifically mentioned ("The Pharmacy Next Door") said he was getting it from "friends" at first and then liked it so much he wanted to take it legally. Of course his mom obliged and let her son get a prescription. It's that easy until, dum dum dum, the great Adderall shortage! No worries, though, he just bought the drug from his friends when CVS ran out, just like everyone else did ... That's called dealing drugs, by the way. Of course he functioned better on the drug than off, just like people don’t perform well without their morning addiction of coffee. It’s called a withdrawal.
I think this is all a case of laziness among our generation. Students use their studies as an excuse for an addiction to Adderall because it gives you a rush and keeps you up, so you can write a paper or play Call of Duty all night or go to the after-after party. All I'm saying is, if you're doing Adderall and your grades are as low as my friends who do Adderall for “school,” then save your money and invest in a tutor, because the drug isn’t going to help you.
Agree? Disagree? Reading this at 4 a.m. on an Adderall high?