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Adderall is an amphetamine, and it can help people focus and stay alert.
But it's not like a Red Bull that you can pick up at the corner store. It requires a doctor's prescription to use.
Unfortunately, too many students are using drugs like Adderall to help them focus in law school. They should know better, but here are five reasons amphetamines are not good study aids:
No. 1 Highly Addictive
On the Richter-addiction scale, Adderall is right there with Ritalin and crystal meth. Of course, energy drinks, coffee, and other stimulants are also addictive, but drugs cost way more.
No. 2 Seriously Illegal
They don't teach everything in criminal law, and don't believe what they tell you about states that have legalized marijuana. Controlled substances are illegal to use without a prescription, and that means federal sentencing guidelines.
No. 3 Sleep Problems
There's a reason these drugs were called "uppers" back in the 70s -- they keep you up all night. They may help you stay awake through boring lectures, but then you have to suffer through late night infomercials, which are almost as bad.
No. 4 Diarrhea, Nausea, Hair Loss
There's no particular order to the list of horribles from upper abuse, but hair loss is permanent. Unfortunately, law students are notoriously in denial about such problems -- drug and alcohol abuse, that is.
No. 5 Loss of Libido and Impotence
Again, there is no particular order here. Some might put "death" at the top of the reasons not to abuse amphetamines. But if you care at all about your love life, put down the pill.