ABC News recently reported on the disturbing new trend of “supermoms” who are addicted to Adderall. The women are abusing the drug, meant to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), to get the energy they need to juggle work and family life.
The drug saw a 750 percent increase in prescriptions for women ages 26-39 between 2002 and 2010; it’s clear that not all of these women suffer from ADHD.
One Minnesota mother describes the drug as the life-saver she was looking for: “I was able to get all the stuff done around the house,” Degree said. “I was able to cook the dinner and have everything perfect.” She thought her use would be a one-time thing, but it progressed. Eventually, she found herself lying to the family doctor in order to get more prescriptions. When that ran out, she began using meth instead–she lost her business and nearly lost her family.
“Your life becomes a squirrel, just looking for that nut, looking for that Adderall,” says another mother who abused the drug.
“This is a significant problem,” said Dr. Marvin Seppala of Hazelden. “We’ve got an increase in women using drugs like Adderall ending up in our treatment programs. … We know from a medical perspective it’s dangerous and can cause seizures, strokes, heart attacks, even death.”
Source: ABC News