Is it legal to prescribe Adderall for academic performance only?

If a kid needs help in school and taking tests, but does not have ADD or ADHD, can a doctor prescribe "study drugs" like Adderall? Where do they draw the line?

asked 11 Jun '12, 15:53

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Prescription Drugs

Adderall is available by prescription only.


Drug Abuse

Using prescription drugs, like Adderall, outside of doctor's intent is considered abuse.



Adderall is a amphetamine salts-based medication traditionally used for the treatment of ADD, ADHD, and narcolepsy.

Adderall is meant for the treatment of ADD and ADHD. However, people can be diagnosed as having ADD or ADHD for a variety of reasons, one of which may be the fact that a kid has trouble enduring homework assignments, studying, and test taking. YOU may call the kid lazy, undisciplined, or say he or she simply has a bad work ethic, but this can be considered a real symptom of ADD or ADHD that can be successfully treated by medication. I guess it all depends on the sincerity of the kid and his genuine issues... Anyways, a doctor needs to have appropriate reasoning for prescribing medication, and it is up to him or her to determine if a kid NEEDS the medication or if the kid just WANTS it as an easy way to get through school. I think it would be considered malpractice, and ILLEGAL, if a doctor prescribed Adderall to a kid whom he knew didn't truly need it.


answered 24 Jun '12, 16:13

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