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VIDEO/NEWS: CNN “Discovers” that Adderall is the New Drug of Choice on College Campuses. Also: Duh.

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Nothing in this video is going to surprise the average reader of this website. I thought they did a good job of covering the Adderall lifestyle, at least superficially. It’s basically a standard “look what kids today are doing” type of report.

BTW: Totally disagree with comparing Adderall to LSD and cocaine…completely different animal with a completely different purpose, and completely different users. But I understand that they have to give the 70’s-raised parents watching the show a frame of reference.

Noteworthy fact contained within: 7 percent of college students admit to using Adderall illegally. From my experience, the actual number is probably a bit higher, but I’m probably a biased sample.

At the end they mention the big “consequence” of Adderall use being the “difficulty of breaking an addiction”. I’m not sure if that’s adequately summarized, or¬†hilariously¬†limited (as in, there are so many more consequences to Adderall use than just the physical addiction factor).

We have created a culture so stressful in our schools that it demands irrational, destructive coping mechanisms like Adderall. They say to the students: “Shove all this crap in your brain or we will never let you amount to anything. Notes, study, memorize, test.” So the students respond by popping drugs that help them do exactly that. Who can blame them?

They don’t mention this stress-culture in the video. Does anybody else look at this epidemic of Adderall use and say “You know, maybe we should take a look how we educate? Maybe there’s a way to make learning more fun and less stressful, but still as much or more effective?”.

So far all I’ve seen these news reports say is “Look at what these crazy kids are doing. The kids are the problem. They’re doing the same old drug-usage thing kids have always done in college, but now they’re onto a new drug.”

I see it as “look at what these poor kids are forced to resort to.” The schools are the problem. These are not typical, anti-society, self-destructive druggie kids and dropouts; completely the opposite. These are good kids who want to be good students and want to contribute to society, but they’ve gone about that in a bad way because they feel like either like they have to (the kid in the video mentioned that he was failing before Adderall), or they discover that “holy crap you mean I can actually enjoy studying and taking tests?” and they can’t give up that feeling. If only the system could find a way to help kids enjoy learning naturally. I swear this is not a pipe-dream. They pulled it off in Harry Potter. In short: Every day is a lab day.

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