Adderall Use in Women Up 750%

Kermit Cole
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Citing reasons from weight loss to housecleaning, there has been a 750% increase in the use of Adderall among women in the U.S. aged 26 to 39. Some admit to stealing the drug from their kids and getting addicted, according to an article in yesterday’s Mail, a U.K. newspaper, and ABC News.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected]

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    • Amphetamine’s Ok for our children, but not Ok for us adults? Hmm.
      I don’t know what “drugs of sin” are either but I’d love to find out! I’m not sure what Alto’s getting at here.
      The use of drugs to make life more enjoyable, easier, more “productive” has been going on since, well forever. There’s always been a percentage of people who use too much of the drug(s) with often devastating consequences.
      I think what’s been new/different in the last 60 years or so is the belief by some that drugs can “correct” so-called mental illnesses. Of course this is nonsense, but let’s not forget that drugs do have effects. Someone taking a drug, any drug, will experience some kind of effect. Please let’s not call those effects “treatment” or “corrective” People on drugs act differently…sometimes that difference is desirable by the person or others.

      • “Drugs of sin” are what I call the drugs that somewhat arbitrarily are the focus of law-enforcement efforts, incur jail time, and from which sick “addicts” are “rehabilitated” for “addiction.”

        “Drugs of psychiatry” are what I call drugs that somewhat arbitrarily are the focus of medical proselytizing, incur psychiatric diagnoses, and from which sick “patients” have to suffer through withdrawal on their own because of “physical dependency.”

        “Prescription drug abuse” is a euphemism for when “drugs of psychiatry” are used by people without asking permission from doctors.

        “Maintenance” is a euphemism for when “drugs of psychiatry” are used by people with permission from doctors, getting their (or their child’s) drug prescription filled for years without your doctor actually showing any interest in its usage.

        SAMHSA is a government agency charged with discouraging addiction to “drugs of sin” and encouraging dependency on “drugs of psychiatry.” Sometimes they’re the same drugs, such as the amphetamine analogs, benzos, and painkillers. (I hear there’s an underground market in Seroquel, too.)