Adderall and Ritalin: The New Caffeine?

Hanna Haponenko

Abstract


Long gone are the days of lost motivation and fatigue. Adderall and Ritalin, two types of cognitive enhancers normally prescribed for people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, are now being used by Canadian undergraduate students looking to increase their productivity in a progressively fast-paced world. Praising the perks while discounting the damages caused by the nonmedical ingestion of these drugs may lead individuals down a path of dependence with a flawed perception of success. To them, it is just like coffee, but treating these drugs as such is a recipe for harm. This report provides an overview of the current issues associated with the illegal ingestion of cognitive stimulants and attempts to uncover the benefits and consequences that may arise from their use. 


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