"adderall is definitely not a drug": Justifications for the illegal use of ADHD stimulants explanations for the illegal use of ADHD stimulants deSantis and hane

Alan D. DeSantis, Audrey Curtis Hane

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Abstract

In-depth interviews were conducted in 2007 with 175 undergraduate students (94 males, 81 females, 13 non-Caucasian) at a large, public southeastern research university located in an urban area in the United States. Our primary goal was to identify how these students conceive of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) stimulants and their illegal use. We discovered that these students frame stimulant use as both physically harmless and morally acceptable. Specifically, these students justify their drug use through the use of four recurring prostimulant arguments: 1) comparison-and-contrast, 2) all-things-in-moderation, 3) self-medicating, and 4) minimization arguments. We discuss limitations to the study and conclude by suggesting five strategies for prevention researchers that would directly target these four arguments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-46
Number of pages16
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Volume45
Issue number1-2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • ADHD
  • Adderall
  • College students
  • Drug abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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