Lawrence - Students all over campus are getting their pencils ready. Finals week is just around the corner and they’re studying hard to finish the school year strong. But many aren’t just relying on their brains to help them stay focused on the books. They’re relying on Adderall, an ADHD medication to help students focus. Officials say it’s not the drug that’s the problem; it’s that a lot of students who are taking it aren’t prescribed to it. They tell us it’s not only illegal to take another person’s medication, it’s dangerous.
“Adderall can increase your heart rate, and your blood pressure, says Sigler Pharmacy Pharmacist, Pat Hubbell. “We do worry about that, and it can also cause severe insomnia.”
Pharmacists say they’ve seen a rush of students coming in for a refill. They say these students are going through their medication pretty quickly but that doesn’t mean they’re getting more of it. You can only get it filled if you have a doctor’s prescription. So why are these students going through their Adderall so fast? “People who have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD are selling it to those who aren’t prescrivbed,” says Caroline Olson, a junior at KU. And while students say it has become somewhat of a problem on the campus. It’s not too easy to come in contact with. There is still a shortage of Adderall pills in the area and the DEA has not specified a point in time when the shortage will come to an end.