I am sharing with our readers an article that was published in my son, Matthew’s high school newspaper, The Eagle Eye.
I was shocked but then again I wasn’t when I read this well-written article about prescription medicati by a junior at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High in Coral Springs, Florida. I am very familiar with Adderall because my daughter Olivia is on it for her ADD. I recall reminding her to take it every day and cautioned her about the side effects that came with taking it. I told her she would have loss of appetite and it would keep her up all night. I also recall reminding her that selling her prescription pills is a felony and told her not to ever even think of doing so, even if someone asks to buy one from her. She was well aware of that risk and assured me she would never sell her pills and jeopardize her future. But, what is sad is that kids feel the need to use this ADD/ADHD medicine to help them get through all their school workload. Some teens are so desperate they illegally want to buy it off their friends. Parents, this is awful! This is a cry for help! These kids have no other alternative? Really? Clearly, this medicine helps many teens succeed and do well, but at what expense?
Are the schools or teachers even aware that so many teens feel a need to take this medicine to stay awake and focused? If not, teachers need to wake up. Maybe our high schools should have classes for teens on how to handle stress or school workload. I am very worried about our teens’ stress levels. Some turn to prescription drugs, some become depressed — and some do even the unthinkable, commit suicide. We as parents need to do what we can to help our teens handle their stress levels, even if that means talking with their teachers. My heart goes out to these teens who feel they have no other alternatives to handle their stress other than medication or suicide.
Adderall is physically and psychologically addicting, and has long-term side effects. What about the legal ramifications if your teen gets caught taking it without a prescription? You can kiss your teen’s future goodbye because now they are in a heap of legal trouble. Now, as a preventative or if your teen does get into legal trouble, I would highly recommend you reach out to ARAG, a national company that offers legal insurance to families. I wish I knew about legal insurance years ago, but I know about it now and I am very passionate about paying it forward and helping other parents become aware of this resources they could tap in case of an emergency. There are so many things to worry about as a parent of a teen and ARAG (a sponsor of RaisingTeens) could be an important resource because having legal insurance can save you money and peace of mind when it comes to your teen’s future.
So, parents, please read this article because your teen can have all the right intentions as to why he/she is taking Adderall, but not realize there are physical and legal consequences for abusing it, and selling or sharing their medicine.