Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JANUARY 20, 2010 7:30 AM

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Adderrall column offensive, unfair

When I saw the article “The Adderall advantage” (Daily Iowan, Dec. 16), I was pleasantly surprised, hoping this would talk about the misuse of this and other ADD/ADHD prescription medications.

I was wrong.

As a sufferer of Attention Deficit Disorder, this issue is close to my heart. To hear the drugs referred to as “study pills” was offensive and drastically off base. If this person truly did suffer from ADD, he would understand the daily struggles of living with the illness. The pills do not help people like me cheat on tests or study for 10-straight hours. Instead, those pills are what help me study as well as the average person in college; I do not have some secret drug that gives me an instant “A” on exams.

I work hard to be able to make the grades I do, even with the medication. Now, before anyone comes knocking down my door in search of pills, I do not take Adderall. I use a patch that is slow release and would have little to no effect on the average student.

When I came to college, I had to worry about locking up my medications in a mini safe, because my doctors warned me people would try to steal them from me. I have to jump through hoops to get my prescriptions filled, and if for some reason I misplace one of my patches, I can’t get another one for fear that I’m trying to sell my medications.

I do not mean to make myself the victim here; rather, I only wish to stress the difficulties students such as me face. Taking medications to improve your performance is cheating. Adderall does not “even the playing field”; it gives non-sufferers undue advantage over others who are working hard to keep up with the rest.

Molly Jane Sisson
UI freshman

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