Just a Vitamin?

You have to read this article in the NY Times about how high achieving students abuse ADD drugs.   I knew it was out there  and I know that I was worked for an Rx before by a student demanding it but I never knew it was this bad.  It turns out that Adderall , Vyvance and other similar meds are PEDs for the pressured high schoolers trying to make their parents happy.   Here are just some of the quotes by students in the article”

  •  “It wasn’t that hard of a decision. Do I want only four hours of sleep and be a mess, and then underperform on the test and then in field hockey? Or make the teachers happy and the coach happy and get good grades, get into a good college and make my parents happy?”
  • “Isn’t it just like a vitamin?”
  • “Everyone in school either has a prescription or has a friend who does”.
  •  “It’s like it does your work for you”.
  • “Once you break the seal on using pills, or any of that stuff, it’s not scary anymore — especially when you’re getting A’s”.

Our society created this pressure and we doctors became drug dealers in the process.  How sad.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]

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4 Responses

  1. Dr Talks Alot says:

    Adderall seems to help with comprehension & linking large amounts of material from working memory & efficiently deposit it into medium to long-term memory so that the flow between bits of information and stages of memory function is smoother & faster. It helps with attention & focus as well. It is possible to come off the drug & still perform well, but it takes discipline & self-confidence, but Adderall offers a good temporary boost. It is not sustainable long term without some dependence being created, physically, but intellectually as well. It is best to taper off the drug and begin being proficient under your own mental powers.
    ~Dr Talks Alot

  2. big picture doc says:

    Indeed, doctors need to stop being sheep to big pharma

  3. Nick says:

    Abusing study drugs was pretty pervasive amongst my med school classmates too! A lot of people did it the old fashioned way (sitting behind a smart kid, looking up answers during the test on a bathroom break, etc) but there were definitely some drugs involved.

    Do I do any of that? Nah…my genius is so staggering that I already have enough advantage 🙂

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