I get bored with baseball too, but Adderall isn't the answer.
November 27, 2012 11:56 PM Subscribe
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What do NASCAR's AJ Allmendinger
, Joe Haden
of the Cleveland Browns, New York Giants safety Tyler Sash
of the Philadelphia Phillies, and many other athletes
have in common?
They have all used a performance enhancing substance
that is growing in popularity among athletes, one that is widely prescribed and which is taken by millions of children every day. The drug in question is Adderall
: The combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine is used as part of a treatment program to control symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Professional leagues generally allow
the use of Adderall for treatment purposes. As it pertains to Major League Baseball, in 2011 a total of 105 players were granted exemptions under the league’s drug policy to fill prescriptions for Adderall according to an NBCSports.com article. That’s about one in every 10 players, a much higher rate than the general population.
Adderall is said to enhance performance and stamina, but some sources claim that the potential boost in physical performance is a bit of a myth
and that one amphetamine can not be distinguished from others in a test, so Adderall may only be a convenient excuse
for use of illegal amphetamines. In the NFL the type of drug the athlete has tested positive for is not released publicly, and suspicions have been raised
that athletes are claiming a failed test for Adderall rather than drugs such as steroids
that have a less innocent reputation. Other NFL players simply drank from the wrong bottle. (Or maybe there was a sample switch.)
Adderall use is common performance enhancer among students
: Even the phrase “the study drug” seems mildly contradictory, an oddly tame and constructive form of rebellion, a prescription drug abuse with a very modest, one could say almost praiseworthy goal: to concentrate a little better on a paper or test.
Similar stimulants are used to maintain alertness in battle
: According to military sources, the use of such drugs (commonly Dexedrine) is part of a cycle that includes the amphetamines to fight fatigue, and then sedatives to induce sleep between missions. Pilots call them "go pills" and "no-go pills."
Adderall is one of
the most commonly abused prescription drugs, and professional athletes may be primed for addiction
in unique ways: A study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences, which tracked competitive runners in the U.S. and triathletes in Hong Kong, found more than half had compulsive-exercise tendencies. As Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton described it when he was sidelined with a back injury, “alcohol and drugs were the closest thing I could find to getting that feeling when I was playing the game.”