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Adderall Addiction: Lessons from a Son's Suicide
CBN News ^ | October 22, 2013 | Lorie Johnson

Posted on 10/22/2013 1:01:21 PM PDT by huldah1776

Fourteen million young people between the ages of 20 and 40 take the prescription drug Adderall, or one like it, to treat Attention Deficit Disorder.

Many who take it and even those who prescribe it believe it's helpful, or at least harmless.

But that's not always the case. For Richard Fee, his Adderall addiction led to his suicide.

(Excerpt) Read more at cbn.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: adderall; addiction; drugaddiction; prescriptions; suicide
College kids who are not ADD, diagnosis is still debated, are getting it and it is as addictive as cocaine.
1 posted on 10/22/2013 1:01:22 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776

We have a drugged society. It makes you vote for Marxists.


2 posted on 10/22/2013 1:08:29 PM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: huldah1776

Could have been the Adderall, could have been schizophrenia.


3 posted on 10/22/2013 1:11:39 PM PDT by informavoracious (Of course I want people to have healthcare, I just didn't know I was the one who would be paying...)
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To: huldah1776

14 million? That would be about 5% of the population. 5 in 100 people? It shouldn’t be 5 in 10,000. That makes me think of the old TV show “The Weakest Link”. We sure are growing a flock of weak links. Trying to make productive citizens out of a pack of pill heads is probly not do-able. Does this qualify them for a Kenyan check for disabobblebility?


4 posted on 10/22/2013 1:12:01 PM PDT by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: cherokee1

speaking as a mother of 3 son 4 grandson ... the schools give ultimatum put em on drugs or they cant remain in this school.
almost all boys on these meds


5 posted on 10/22/2013 1:33:14 PM PDT by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: Donnafrflorida
almost all boys on these meds

That's because they act like boys. I'm glad I escaped school a long time ago.

6 posted on 10/22/2013 1:34:46 PM PDT by JoeFromSidney ( book, RESISTANCE TO TYRANNY, available from Amazon.)
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To: fwdude

WOW! I swear to you I was just saying that yesterday to my brother, we watching TV and it was just one commercial after another for drugs...Drugs drugs drugs and I was saying is it any wonder people vote for commies? The majority of the population is freakin’ wasted!


7 posted on 10/22/2013 1:35:00 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
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To: Donnafrflorida
They like them on drugs because it's easier to indoctrinate them.

"Class, repeat after me- Communism GOOD! Capitalism BAD!"

"Communism GOOD! Capitalism is BAD!"

8 posted on 10/22/2013 1:38:46 PM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (What do we want? Time travel. When do we want it? It's irrelevant.)
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To: informavoracious
Could have been the Adderall, could have been schizophrenia.

I'm going with stupidity. This stupid adult decided on his own to lie to not one doctor but two to get his high and look where it got him. No sympathy for him. Not much sympathy for his parents. Yes, he was their son and they loved him and wanted to help but when parents sleep behind locked doors - no.

9 posted on 10/22/2013 1:47:08 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: huldah1776

I do have sympathy to a certain extent because I constantly consider the option of taking any and all kinds of legal drugs there are in order to make myself numb and not feel anything. It is easy to see the appeal in that, it often seems like the only way to make pain and mental illness go away.


10 posted on 10/22/2013 1:54:21 PM PDT by freedom462
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To: huldah1776
... it is as addictive as cocaine.

As addictive as cocaine? Really? "Addictive" means there are withdrawal symptoms. I've been on it for years. So has my adult daughter. Sometimes she or I will run out of it before we can get to the doctor for a new prescription (since the law requires a fresh, written, non-electronic prescription, no renewals). Days or even weeks go by before we can get a new prescription. We might be a little more sleepy, less energetic and focused, less attentive and on the ball, but we don't have withdrawal symptoms, go into convulsions, rob the pharmacy, shoot up a school, or have an emotional breakdown.

11 posted on 10/22/2013 1:54:41 PM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: freedom462

I’m a straight crackhead junkie who cleaned up. I am no longer “actively addicted”. I am very careful to take no mood altering medications from doctors, too, because it doesn’t matter the source: It’s still dope.


12 posted on 10/22/2013 1:59:31 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: Lazamataz

I suppose I am going to have to work through that myself, at the moment, I often feel that simply taking enough mood altering meds to completely numb myself is the only way to make the pain and anger go away, that nothing else works. I am someone who could be classified as having ADD and Tourettes and being on the autism spectrum and so that may be while I often feel like numbing myself with mood and mind altering drugs is the only real solution.


13 posted on 10/22/2013 2:13:08 PM PDT by freedom462
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To: ottbmare

just quoting the article. must addiction come with severe withdrawal?


14 posted on 10/22/2013 2:26:31 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: ottbmare

sorry, here is the quote :
Adderall is a Class 2 Narcotic, an amphetamine similar to cocaine. It can be very addictive.

I automatically put the two sentences together, similar to cocaine and can be very addictive. that’s why I am not an editor.


15 posted on 10/22/2013 2:29:03 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: ottbmare

I guess it all depends on quantity, too. higher, higher, higher! The kid didn’t need it, either. That was the main point of the article. Kids lie to get it from the doc.


16 posted on 10/22/2013 2:32:11 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: huldah1776

That’s a good question. Aren’t there different kinds of additiction, one where your body craves the drug and will go thru withdrawal and the other where you’re psychologically hooked on something?


17 posted on 10/22/2013 2:55:49 PM PDT by midnightcat
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To: informavoracious

I agree. After reading the article, it appeared the young man had signs of mental instability.

Adderall maybe, but maybe not.


18 posted on 10/22/2013 3:16:46 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: freedom462
It's a solution for a while.

Until it becomes a problem.

I am just like you, except for a few of the medical/mental things. I needed to numb. It stopped working -- sure, I got numb, but it no longer helped.

19 posted on 10/22/2013 3:22:39 PM PDT by Lazamataz (Early 2009 to 7/21/2013 - RIP my little girl Cathy. You were the best cat ever. You will be missed.)
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To: informavoracious
I tend to agree. Probably a mental illness. The parents understandably focused on the adderall misuse. I would almost guarantee something like schizophrenia never entered their mind.

There seems to have been an underlying depression as well. Perhaps he started using the Adderall because it made him feel “better.” Nonetheless, the behavior described seems to be much more than an adderall addiction.

It sounds as if they are in denial about other issues. I am not faulting them because for them it is all about facing each day without their son.

20 posted on 10/22/2013 4:23:23 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Donnafrflorida

speaking as a mother of 3 son 4 grandson ... the schools give ultimatum put em on drugs or they cant remain in this school.
almost all boys on these meds
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Get it on tape , have them arrested for practicing medicine without a license. MAKE THEM PAY. You have got to fight back.


21 posted on 10/22/2013 4:55:10 PM PDT by Neidermeyer (I used to be disgusted , now I try to be amused.)
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To: huldah1776

last week sitting in the doctors office waiting for the three allergy shots to be given. there is a guy on harley davidson pulls in walks up to the window for receptionist. In a loud voice I need my Adderall filled and my Prozac filled, or I am going to be deathly ill. The psychiatric Nurse practitioner is not here today, she is another facility that is 60 miles away. I hate that they moved her office over here with the family and all the crippled people practice. Kept on repeating he needed his adderall and prozac. i simply motioned to the receptionist i am going outside, wheeled my quickie wheelchair out the door, took a look at this harley davidson nice bike but what a loud mouth! I had to refrain from wanting to literally to pick up a disabled leg and shove it up his backside!


22 posted on 10/22/2013 5:17:33 PM PDT by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: huldah1776

In this situation it is the doctors who ought to be shot. They should have administered tests to be certain that this young man actually had ADD or ADHD. There are databases that can be checked to make sure a patient isn’t doctor-shopping and getting extra medication illegally.

People who take these drugs need to be closely monitored. My daughter’s doctor drags her into the office once a month and spends a good bit of time talking to her to make sure the dose and her response to it are appropriate. That is good care. This boy apparently didn’t get it. I hope the parents insist the state licensure board investigate his physician.

I have often thought that it was unfortunate we made 18 the legal age of majority.


23 posted on 10/22/2013 5:51:48 PM PDT by ottbmare (the OTTB mare, now a proud Marine Mom)
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To: ottbmare

You are absolutely right.


24 posted on 10/22/2013 5:56:09 PM PDT by huldah1776
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights

This grieving father’s solution—to give the parents of adult children access to their medical records—would probably cause more suicides than it would stop.


25 posted on 10/23/2013 12:18:09 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: huldah1776

Another big Pharm poison.


26 posted on 10/23/2013 9:28:59 AM PDT by eleni121 ("All Along the Watchtower" Book of Isaiah, Chapter 21, verses 5-9)
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