大学对学生的压力和要求似乎只会越来越大，几乎没有什么办法来应对。有些人无法应付它而中途退学，有些人则竭尽所能地克服它，但对另一些人来说，他们依靠神经增强药物来提高大脑集中注意力和执行任务的能力。Adderall是一种常见的药物，和其他许多药物一样，它是一种合法的ADHD处方药。它提高了用户的处理速度和精力水平，这是它对大学生有帮助的定义原因。无论它被认为多么有益，服用adderall也会带来健康风险。《纽约客》(The New Yorker)作家玛格丽特·塔尔伯特(Margaret Talbot)写道:“adderall等药物会导致紧张、头痛、失眠、食欲不振等副作用。”Talbot继续列出风险，并指出，“标签(FDA的警告)也提到使用Adderall的成年人报告有严重的心脏问题……”(654)。因此，即使是轻微的健康风险，更大的风险已经被报道并得到食品和药物管理局的承认。2011年的一项研究报告称，除了使用Adderall的风险，“这些后果包括自杀和杀人意念、癫痫发作以及各种心脏并发症，如高血压、低血压、心动过速、心悸和心律失常。”(Jardin, Looby, Earleywine, 1)因此，Adderall的误用远远超出了健康风险的范畴，造成了生命损失。
The stress and demand of college on students only seems to be increasing with little ways to cope. Some can’t cope with it and drop out, others struggle through it giving what they can, for some others though, they rely on neuro-enhancing drugs to increase the brains capability to focus and perform. Adderall is a common drug found in this use, along with many others, and it is a legal prescription drug subscribed for ADHD. It enhances the processing speed and energy levels of the user, the defining reason it is helpful to college students.However helpful it may be considered, there are health risks that come from taking adderall. Margaret Talbot, a writer of The New Yorker, reports, “Drugs such as adderall can cause nervousness, headaches, sleeplessness, decreased appetite, among other side effects.”(654) While headaches and sleeplessness are common, the list only grows with concerning problems. Talbot continues to list risks, noting, “The label (an FDA warning) also mentions that adults using Adderall have reported serious cardiac problems…”(654). So along with even mild health risks, larger ones have been reported and are acknowledged by the Food and Drug Administration. Along with risks follows consequences of using Adderall, as reported in a 2011 study, “These consequences include suicidal and homicidal ideation, seizure, and various cardiac complications, such as hypertension, hypotension, tachycardia, palpitations, and dsyrhythmias.”(Jardin, Looby, Earleywine, 1) Therefore, the misuse of Adderall extends greatly beyond health risks, to loss of life consequences.