What are stimulants and what do they do to you?

  • On behalf of Mike G Law posted in on Wednesday, August 19, 2015

When you hear about drug possession in Florida, you automatically think that someone is abusing them. Most of the time, people use the drugs they get from the doctor responsibly. Concerns have been raised that certain stimulants such amphetamines (Adderall) and methylphenidate (Ritalin and Concerta), may lead to further drug problems after using them for an extended period of time.

The stimulants listed above are usually prescribed to people of all age groups that have attention–deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. People who have ADHD have problems with paying attention and may have impulse control as compared to others their age. The risk of drug abuse may come to these vulnerable people much more easily than it does to the average person because they have been taking these medications for years and they helped; so, why not just take something else and get even more "help."

While some studied found this not to be true, if you have been charged with illegal drug possession and you have been on a stimulant to help with your ADHD, this may not be all your own fault. Of course, we all have to make responsible decisions, but again, there may be extenuating circumstances in your case.

Knowing what the truth of the matter is may be important to you. Being forewarned is being forearmed. If you know that you may have a propensity towards taking illegal drugs there are steps you can take to ensure that this doesn’t happen.

Joining a group of others who are facing the same obstacles is one thing. Seeing a professional who can counsel you is another. If you find yourself on the wrong side of a drug charge, calling in a legal professional can make a huge difference.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse, "DrugFacts: Stimulant ADHD Medications: Methylphenidate and Amphetamines," accessed Aug. 19, 2015

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