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Stimulating The Severity Of Stimulants Essay

1991 words - 8 pages

Stimulating the Severity of Stimulants

Presented to
Gil Kerlikowske
National Drug Control Policy Director
White House Administration








Presented by
Ethan George
Student of business management

April 10, 2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Stimulating the Severity of Stimulants…………………………………………………………1
Memorandum…………………………………………………………………………………….3
Executive Summary……………………………………………………………………………...4
Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………5
Purpose of the Report ………………………………………………………………………...…...5
What are Stimulants?.......................................................................................................................5
Stimulants and ...view middle of the document...

* Loss of appetite.
* Inability to sleep.
* Hostility
* Distorted thinking.
* Paranoia.
* Irregular heartbeat.
* Hallucinations.
* Seizures.
* Heart failure.
* Death.

To believe that the benefits are greater than potential side effects is ridiculous. This issue must be addressed. If it continues to grow at the alarming rate it is currently at, there is no telling what this will lead to 10 to 20 years from now.

Stimulating the Severity of Stimulants

Introduction

Purpose of the Report

The purpose of this report is to address the growing issue of the use of prescription stimulants among college students and to provide insight to the possible causes and explanation of this problem. The use of these controlled substances is rising at an alarming rate, and mainly among individuals who are not prescribed to these drugs in the first place. These drugs include but are not limited to: Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Vyvanse, and many more. The main use of these drugs when prescribed by a doctor are to treat the symptoms of ADHD (attention deficit hyper-activity disorder). College students use these stimulants to aid in the processes of studying, concentration, and staying awake. Some even use these drugs to keep themselves awake for purposes other than school work, such as partying. These drugs, when not taken under careful doctor supervision, may lead to serious problems. It is time that this issue is addressed, both for the safety of students, as well as the academic fairness that is breached by “drugging” to obtain better grades.

What are Prescription Stimulants?

Stimulant medications are usually prescribed to treat individuals who have been diagnosed with ADHD. All prescription stimulants work by increasing dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is classified as a neurotransmitter, or more simply as a brain chemical. It is involved in movement, pleasure and attention. Stimulants produce a therapeutic effect by slowly and gradually increasing the levels of dopamine in the brain ("Drugfacts: Stimulant ADHD," 2009). When taken as prescribed, the dopamine gradually increases in a way that is very similar to that of the natural release that occurs in the human brain. When prescribed, doctors normally start the patient on a low dose. Slowly they will increase the amount prescribed until the natural-like therapeutic effect is reached. When the dosage is increased in a rapid manner, the release of dopamine becomes overwhelming which can lead to euphoria and addiction (2009).

Stimulants and ADHD

Stimulants, when used as prescribed for ADHD treatment, can have many positive side-effects for the patient. Stimulants improve the symptoms of ADHD, as well as self-esteem, social skills, and ability to perform various mental and physical tasks generally improve for the patient. Some commonly prescribed stimulants for the treatment of ADHD include amphetamines and methylphenidate. Adderall, which is a...

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