Taking prescription drugs without a prescription is both dangerous and illegal. Prescription adderall abuse has been linked to other risky behaviors, and can lead to severe medical problems – even death!
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has acknowledged that prescription drug abuse is a nationwide epidemic. Since the 1990s, the non-medical use of prescription drugs has doubled. Today, unintentional drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.
Many young adults and teens think that prescription drugs are safer to abuse than other controlled substances like cocaine or heroin, but painkiller prescription drug overdoses kill 46 people per day in the United States.
Some college students have reported turning to prescription drugs for a variety of reasons. Some use painkillers or depressants to cope with stress or to feel good (get high). Many think that stimulants like Adderall® can help them study during finals, or make it easier to lose weight. Regardless of the reason, using prescription drugs without medical supervision is never safe.