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Watch Out, College Kids: Sen. Schumer Wants to Take Away Your Adderall

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Human wet blanket Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told a CBS affiliate this week that he wants colleges and universities to crack down on Adderall use among students.

Adderall is an amphetamine-based stimulant that increases focus. Intended for people with ADHD, a lot of doctors will prescribe Adderall to just about anyone who claims to have trouble focusing at work or school. Minors use Adderall to get into the colleges their parents wish they'd gotten into. College kids use Adderall to cram for exams and bang out papers/bang out Powerpoint presentations/bang. 

Schumer thinks using Adderall to be better at something, as opposed to just be able to function, is "academic doping."

"There are better ways to pull an all-nighter and stay up," the senator told told CBS. "There's coffee, there's things like NoDoz." (But don't use the caffeine inhaler Aeroshot, because no one should be allowed to use drugs that Chuck Schumer himself did not use when he was a young man.)

Here's what Schumer wants New York schools to do:

For students diagnosed at a campus health clinic: Require formal contracts and follow-up diagnostics for that student; and require detailed medical, educational, and psychological history.

For students diagnosed outside of campus health clinic, and seeking to refill prescription: Require mental health evaluations with qualified health practitioner to verify diagnoses; and require parent, guardian verification of diagnoses.

Schumer also recommended offering short-term counseling, time management and procrastination workshops, and medication consultation to students with a prescription; instituting a program during freshman orientation informing students of the potential side-effects of stimulant abuse and its addictive nature and offering a list of community mental health professionals that can aid students in seeking the medication.

These rules are clearly meant to curb legal, responsible use. Why else require every student seeking an Adderall prescription to call their parents and see a mental health professional? Imagine if a college health center required female students to call their parents before they could get a prescription for birth control. Fewer female students would use it. The same would happen with Adderall. Students who have ADHD will be forced to jump through hoops; students who don't have ADHD will head off-campus or buy from the campus black market. 

For a thorough takedown of the mythology around Adderall (and who should be allowed to use it) see Jacob Sullum's April post, "An ADHD Diagnosis: The Difference Between Speed and Medicine."

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  1. Chuckie better check the adderall sales quotas of his fav pharm cronies before he has to backtrack on that and eat some crow pie.

  2. Why doesn’t that useless sack of scheiss get a real job and stop bothering people with his stupid suggestions?

    1. Because he thinks he was elected to push his personal preferences on the rest of the nation. How else is he going to justify his existence?

    2. Because real employers tend not to hire useless sacks of scheiss…

      *looks around at some of my co-workers*

      Nevermind.

  3. And the young student whom Adderall caused male mammary enlargement was named Charles Schumer. And now you know the rest of the story.

  4. ADHD is bullshit. That said, students should be allowed to use meth to study.

  5. Gee, I never realized Chuck Schumer was a piece of shit.

    FWIW, I had to buy real Sudafed yesterday. As if it’s not bad enough that I had to cough up ID, sign some statement, and feel like I’m doing something wrong by buying fucking decongestant, the checkout lady had no idea how to use the jump-through-the-government-hoops software that takes the license number so the whole process took over 5 minutes. Why do people put up with this shit? Why isn’t there a black market serving people who just want decongestant without having to worry about the DEA busting down their doors and shooting their dogs?

    1. Yeah, I thought “Human wet blanket Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)” was incorrect.

      It should read human crap sack Sen. Chuck “Moobs” Schumer (Slaver-NY).

    2. “Why isn’t there a black market serving people who just want decongestant without having to worry about the DEA busting down their doors and shooting their dogs?”

      I think you answered your own question… unfortunately.

    3. Some smart-ass did a fake journal paper on the chemistry to turn methamphetamine into ephedrine or pseudo-ephedrine.

  6. I’m sorry, but our records show you had a mandatory mental health evaluation. That makes you a prohibited person under the law, and you may not purchase a firearm.

    1. What, you already have a gun? It’s off to prison with you. Hope you like tacitly-state-endorsed rape!

      1. Tacitly unless you’re in Texas.

    2. That’s what Armslist.com is for.

  7. Parental notification for patients older than 18?

    Exsqueeze me?

    1. Some states won’t issue a CCW permit under 21 without parental consent.

    2. You are a child until 26 now. Because Obamacare.

  8. I think it’s worth pointing out for those who don’t know that Adderall will probably not help you bang.

  9. For students diagnosed outside of campus health clinic, and seeking to refill prescription

    Um, why would a college have any fucking idea you were doing this?

    1. It will be a prior restraint situation. Since the campus health didn’t prescribe it, they will just be told they can’t write those prescriptions any longer. They do a blanket ban to get around medical privacy. And the docs are too afraid of the DEA to resist.

  10. The lack of Adderall prevented Mike Riggs from concentrating enough to include alt-text.

  11. Human wet blanket Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) told a CBS affiliate this week that he wants colleges and universities to crack down on Adderall use among students.

    Remember Kidz, vote Democrat… they’re your best friends on the drug war! They’re socially tolerant!

  12. Because college isn’t about learning, it’s about competing with other students for positional goods.

    Caffeine has no harmful effects, right?

  13. I don’t believe him, I think he is not being serious of just doing his normal political dance.

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