Amphetamines salts are taken by an alarming number of children being prescribed Adderall for ADD/ADHD. They are also taken without a prescription by college students who are unaware of the dangers of using amphetamine salts.

The generic drug substitute for Adderall is named Amphetamine Salts. Adderall is a combination drug composed of four different amphetamine salts.

No matter the name given to it, amphetamine salts are nothing more than speed.

Adderall is a Schedule II controlled substance (a category of drugs considered to have a strong potential for abuse or addiction). It carries a “black box” warning label from the FDA that says misuse of amphetamine may cause serious cardiovascular adverse effects  or sudden death.

Sudden death is rare but there are other mental and physical risks these students are being exposed to.

Here are some common side effects:

•          Dry mouth

•          Loss of appetite

•          Difficulty falling asleep (insomnia)

•          Headache

•          Nervousness in the forms of agitation, anxiety or irritability

•          Becoming addicted to the drug

Other Side Effects Observed

•          Depression

•          High blood pressure

•          Rapid heart rate

•          Tolerance (constant need to raise the dose)

•          Craving for cocaine

•          Infected or diseased skin

•          Urinary tract infection

•          Infection or viral infection

•          Liver damage

•          Heart attack

•          Uncontrolled movements of head, neck, mouth, arms, or legs (tics).

•          Swelling of hands/feet/ankles (for example, numbing of the fingertips)

•          Sweating

•          Vomiting

•          Dehydration

•          Unexplained muscle pain

•          Lower abdominal pain

•          Kidney damage

•          Seizures

The mental side effects of amphetamine salts can be horrendous. They include personality changes such as feelings of suspicion and paranoia, depression and extreme nervousness. Even hallucinations, panic attacks, delusions and sudden aggression have occurred while taking this drug.

Adderall abuse by college students has been making the news for over a year. NBC covered this story and sent an intern into a major college library asking where to get some Adderall.

Within seconds a pill was available for five dollars along with the advice to just see a doctor and to fake ADHD symptoms to get a prescription of one’s own.

A young woman at this same college used it one night to study for a test. The next thing she knew she was using it every night to study.

Mood swings, insomnia, panic attacks and depression soon followed.

In six months her academy scholarship at this excellent university turned into academic probation and in six more months she was asked to leave.  She attributed her entire decline to Adderall use.

These young adults were most likely warned by their parents about binge drinking and cocaine type stimulants but advice not to take prescription medication illegally never occurred to mom and dad.

It seems that pharmaceutical companies are winning big with Adderall.

First, by having doctors prescribe it to school kids as a cure for ADD, a condition which cannot be proved to exist by any know medical test.

And then by ignoring the fact that many college students are facing addiction or worse by taking amphetamine salts without a prescription. The drug companies get the money while the students get the side effects.