College Kids Choose Adderall over Ritalin for Illicit Use

From a new study:

More than 75% of college students who reported using prescription stimulants illicitly last year chose amphetamine-dextroamphetamine products, like Adderall, over methylphenidate products, like Ritalin. … the primary motives for illicit use were to enhance academic performance, while less than a third of illicit users intended to get high or experiment with these stimulants. However, alarmingly, approximately 40% of these students had snorted prescription stimulants.

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  1. My name is Nikki Hughes and i would like to show you my personal experience with Ritalin.I am 51 years old. Have been on Ritalin for 9 years now. I began taking it for depression after my marriage ended, and also in a misguided attempt to lose weight! I lost about 15 pounds at the beginning, had tons of energy, felt great…but the weight loss stopped within a few months.. I currently feel focused and motivated after I take it and am able to get a lot done. As well as the generic ritalin, I take 6 – 12 Tylenol 1 tablets a day. I know how bad this is, but can’t seem to stop for more than a few days. The last nine years seem to be a blur…it’s like I have lost those years….I hardly remember anything about them. I find this sad and frightening. I take what my doctor prescribed: three 10mg. tablets a day. I have tried many times to completely get off this drug but I now realize that I am truly addicted to it. If I stop taking it for more than one day I become extremely depressed and have very negative, hopeless thoughts and ideas.I have experienced some of these side effects-very irritable when it wears off; sometimes difficult to fall asleep, memory loss, hear music in my head that won’t stop.I hope this information will be useful to others,Nikki Hughes


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