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More College Students Abusing Adderall

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A problem of illegal adderall use by college students comes to light after a former University of Montana athlete is charged for selling more than 1,000 tablets of the drug to UM students.

"It's a party drug, it keeps you awake," said UM senior Stephanie Bailly.

While pharmacists said many people have a valid need for this drug, created to treat narcolepsy and attention deficit disorders, adderall is now known as a party drug among college students.

"So you can drink for longer, party longer, and get energy," Bailly said.

She learned early on in college she had to separate herself from a crowd abusing the drug.

"I was going down the wrong path, I just didn't need that anymore," Bailly said.

A survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration shows in the past year about 6.4% of full-time college students between the ages 18 and 22 used adderall in a recreational way.

"Obviously people are getting it from other means. From people most likely selling prescriptions they have," Co-Pharmacy Director at Partnership Health Center, Brent Dahring said.

"The standard side effects you'd be concerned about are insomnia and restlessness," Dahring said.

He said for some, the drug can cause even worse side effects when abused.

"It does run a risk of cardiac issues, increased hypertension, possibly attack cardiac, which could create heart issues," Dahring said.

He said some people may not even realize they have a health issue until it's triggered by the drug.

"If you are prone to seizures you may not even know it, and you take it and it may be too late at that point," Dahring said.

If you don't have a prescription Partnership Health officials strongly advise you not to take a chance on using the drug.

Former University of Montana basketball player, Eric Hutchinson is set to enter a plea Thursday in District Court on one count of criminal distribution of dangerous drugs.

Court records say Hutchinson told police in may he had sold about one-thousand tablets for five dollars each.

 

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