Adderall and Adderall XR are prescription pills prescribed for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Classified as amphetamines, they are useful in helping people who are diagnosed with ADHD to focus on a task and see it through to completion, but for those who are not living with the disorder, the drug can provide a stimulant high.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) cites Adderall as one of the most commonly abused amphetamines in the United States, reporting that snorting the drug is one of the ways that users ingest the pills when they abuse them. Among high-achieving high school and college students, the pills have become a common way to stay up and study, or power through an intense schedule of extracurricular activities and projects as they prepare to enter the workforce. Unfortunately, many of them develop mental health issues as a result or a debilitating addiction that makes it impossible for them to function healthfully in the world.
If someone you love is abusing Adderall, help is available. Contact us at The Oaks at La Paloma today.
Dangers of Snorting Adderall
Snorting Adderall introduces a large dose of the stimulant into the bloodstream with rapid onset of effect. Rather than swallow the drug and wait for the stimulant effects of the drug to begin – or come in waves as is the case with the extended-release version of the pill – many who abuse the drug will crush the pills and snort them instead.
This can be a devastating choice. Amphetamines are dangerous when taken in any form, but snorting them specifically can open the patient to a host of respiratory and throat issues, from inflammation and chronic runny nose to a need for surgery to rebuild the nasal passages after long-term abuse of the drug.
Ingesting a large dose of amphetamines in this fashion can also trigger cardiac issues as well – anything from arrhythmia and heart palpitations to cardiac arrest. Overdose is not uncommon among amphetamine abusers.
Long-term use of amphetamines can lead to dangerous weight loss, malnutrition and an inability to sleep even when the drugs have worn off. Additionally, chronic use of Adderall can lead to dependence upon the drug and an increased risk of overdose or loss of life due to accident or medical emergency while under the influence.
Signs of Adderall Abuse
Snorting Adderall is a red flag for abuse of the drug. No doctor will suggest that a patient crush Adderall pills and snort them rather than swallow them as prescribed. Seeking a high from use of the pills signifies that the user is taking the drug not for medicinal use but for another purpose, either to get high or to better focus on specific tasks.
Other signs of Adderall abuse through snorting the drug include:
- Small cut drinking straws or other tubes that may be used for snorting
- Jewelry with small hidden compartments for pills or powders
- Small mirrors, glass or other clear or reflective surfaces that have scratch marks or white residue
- Pen caps, keys or other long thin objects with white powder residue
Adderall Abuse and Addiction Treatment Options
If you have noticed extreme disruptions to your loved one’s eating and sleeping patterns, mood shifts, or behaviors that indicate stimulant abuse, and you find paraphernalia – or pills – to support your concern, treatment can help. Call us at The Oaks at La Paloma now and find out how we can provide your loved one with the intensive treatment necessary to overcome Adderall abuse or addiction starting today.