How Amphetamines Work

Feb 22

Cases of ADHD have skyrocketed in this country since the 1980s. It seems like ADHD medication is rampant, and it becomes more and more prevalent every year. I’ve heard of some kids as young as thirteen or fourteen being prescribed Adderall for their ADHD. Giving these kids stimulant drugs is strange to me. I was talking to my son who’s visiting home again after his first semester of college, and it sounds like ADHD drugs are being distributed around for recreational purposes quite a bit. My son doesn’t do them, but he says he can get them if he wanted. That’s weird to think about since they’re such intense medications. Some can have effects that last more than 8 hours. Others can lead to serious dependence issues and withdrawal symptoms. I started thinking, can you get in legal trouble for distributing these drugs around? I took to the internet and I found some insightful information on the Powderly Law Firm website. The lawyers at this firm handle cases specifically related to amphetamines.

ADHD drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse are all types of amphetamines. They are meant to increase focus and productivity. They work by releasing dopamine into the brain. You would think that for someone with ADHD, extra dopamine might inhibit their work, as dopamine is a happy reward chemical. But the extra dose of dopamine actually helps those with ADHD to calm down and focus, as they’re not constantly wanting dopamine and getting distracted. When adults with ADHD use these drugs correctly, it can be a great thing. They can get more work done, and be more productive during business hours. The trouble is that these drugs can also be abused. Many young adults and college students specifically will abuse these drugs in order to get a leg up in school or in their careers. They will take the drug in order to study longer, work harder, and get better grades. The problem is that their drug use isn’t being supervised by a medical professional. When this happens, young adults can end up becoming dependent very quickly. They might also develop heart issues. Some college kids actually combine these drugs with alcohol, which is incredibly hard on your heart. This is because the amphetamines naturally raise your heart rate while alcohol naturally lowers it. The contradiction in substances causes your heart to undergo a lot of stress to beat normally.

Because of all the health risks associated with these drugs, it is illegal to use them without a prescription. It is also illegal to sell them or even possess them without a doctor’s approval. Being caught with these drugs can result in felony-level drug charges. If you or a loved one finds themselves in legal trouble because of amphetamine possession, I would highly recommend hiring a lawyer. A lawyer may be able to reduce your charge and set up a deal that can eventually get the charge removed from your criminal history.

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