Focused and Productive, But at What Price?

Also known as cognitive enhancers or neuroenhancing drugs, work-performance enhancing drugs are amphetamine cocktails such as Ritalin, Adderall and Modafinil. Originally intended for the management of conditions such as ADHD and narcolepsy, these concentrated stimulants help to improve focus and concentration while diminishing appetite and the need for sleep. Because they allow the user to…

Drug Use and Privileged Teens

Society would have us believe that money really is what makes the world go round. That’s why, upon seeing a story of celebrities or the rich ruining their lives through drug abuse, we implicitly wonder what anyone who can buy everything they want could possibly be depressed about. How could they continue being so maladjusted…

Do ADHD Meds Lead to Addiction?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is commonly treated with medications that contain amphetamine or some other powerful stimulant. For some time, doctors and researchers have been attempting to find out if children who take these medications have increased risks for abusing drugs or alcohol when they reach adulthood. According to the results of an unusually long-term study…

Synthetic Marijuana Is a Real Killer

Advocates for marijuana legalization are fond of pointing out that despite the frequency with which it is used, this drug has never once been directly linked to a fatality. But boosters of the various synthetic forms of marijuana most definitely cannot say the same thing. These chemical imitators are replicas of the original drug in…