If used improperly, prescription drugs can be dangerous. As the facts will tell you, prescription drugs can have dangerous short- and long-term health consequences when used incorrectly or by someone other than for whom they were intended.
For example, prescription stimulants like Adderall or Ritalin are prescribed to help treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Many people believe that taking stimulants if they don’t have ADHD will help them focus more, stay alert longer, and improve memory. But these medications don’t make you a better student.
Stimulants like Adderall increase activity in the body, such as increasing a person’s heart rate and the release of dopamine in the brain. When abused, this fast release of dopamine can increase your chances of becoming addicted. Stimulant abuse can be extremely dangerous. Taking high doses of a stimulant can cause an irregular heartbeat, dangerously high body temperatures, and the potential for heart failure or seizures. For some people, taking high doses of certain stimulants, or repeatedly abusing them, can lead to feelings of hostility or paranoia. Learn more by visiting NIDA for Teens – Stimulants.