Adderall Vs. Profiderall
Students Use New Legal Drug to Help Study
The demand on illegal brain enhancing drugs among students are on the rise, so is making them over-the-counter better?
Students are using these drugs to help them study and perform all their extracurricular studies. College students feel a lot of pressure when it comes to getting good grades, being in the right organizations because that can help them get into this tricky job market we have. With all of these added stresses students must ask themselves, when am I going to find time to study? Well with the help of “smart pills” of course.
Smart Pills is a term that generally refers to memory or attention boosting drugs. You can get them from prescriptions such as Adderall, Ritalin and Provigil. Many college students have been using these drugs for years to help improve productivity with school work and extracurricular activities. According to a survey done by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, among 2,000 students at the University of Kansas, 34% said they have taken a cognitive enhancing drug without a prescription. Meaning they had bought them from other students who are prescribed the drug for ADD or ADHD. As the students got closer to graduation the percentage rose. The survey also stated an interesting fact that within the Greek society the percentage of students using cognitive enhancing drugs went up by 10%.
Since these drugs are rather hard to get, a new company Profiderall came up with a similar drug to Adderall that can be sold over the counter. According to Proffiderall.com, Profiderall founder, Mathew Lester said that “College students have been using ‘smart pills’ to supplement their study habits for the last decade, the problem and controversy has always been around the fact that the popular choices like Adderall, Concerta, and Ritalin are prescription drugs designed to treat ADD/ADHD.” Profiderall has been developed according to Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act regulations enforced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It combines complex energy enhancers with nootropics.
Nootropics are substances that enhance cognition, memory and facilitate learning.
It is not just the private or elite colleges that have students using these drugs. Here at Old Dominion University I conducted a survey on Facebook that included 300 students. According the survey about one in seven students has used one of these drugs illegally, and one in four actually had a prescription and then admitted to selling their left over pills for 5.00 dollars a pop.
At the moment Profiderall is the only over the counter cognitive enhancing drug on the market. It makes you think is this actually safe? Does it actually sell?
A bottle of Profiderall costs $49.95 for 75 pills, which equals out to be $1.60 per pill. For the average poor college student, that is a steal because your friend charges you $5.00 for one pill.
There are split reactions within the Old Dominion University on whether or not cognitive enhancing drugs should be used.
An Old Dominion engineering student said “Adderall allows me to become submerged and focused in my work, and I can think clearly. It helps me with my homework which is nice because engineering takes up a lot of my time and with the help of Adderall I can get it done in half the time. The only down side is once it starts to wear off and I am not trying to sleep I get these really bad headaches, where as with the Profiderall I don’t. I think that the use of a drug to help you focus is okay.”
Gladys Herrera, a junior in Darden College of Education is against the thought of students using cognitive enhancers recreationally. “Being that I work in the Pharmacy I don’t think they will ever make an OTC Adderall nor do I think they should make it. It should stay a controlled substance. If people start abusing pseudoephedrine I can only imagine what it do to Adderall, and if you use it without doctor permission you may experience increased heart rate among many other side effects. I do not see the point in spending 50 dollars in pills when a good dose of vitamins and exercise can give you the same results.”