The abuse of Adderall has shot in the recent past. Adderall is famous for its ability to help one focus and remain awake for long hours.
This abuse has opened discussions that compare Adderall to Meth since the two have similar effects on the abuser.
The main area of concern is that while meth is illegal and easily features in debates on drug abuse and addiction, Adderall does not. Understanding the similarities and variances between Adderall and Meth may give way forward.
Legality of Meth and Adderall
While Adderall is a prescription medication for treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder and Narcolepsy, Meth is an illicit drug. The primary and sole use of meth is recreational.
Meth is not found in pharmacies but is a drug that is illegally manufactured and trafficked across the world.
Both Adderall and Meth act as central nervous system stimulants.
Amphetamines (Adderall), on the one hand, are referred to as methylated phenylethylamine while methamphetamine (Meth) is double methylated phenylethylamine.
The double methyl allows meth to cross the blood-brain barrier faster than Adderall. This faster uptake makes Meth more potent than Adderall.
Adderall is made of two main ingredients: amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. Meth, on the other hand, contains a wide range of chemicals. This composition makes it neurotoxic and exposes the user to the risk of liver, kidney, brain, and lung damage.
Effects of Adderall and Meth
Since the two drugs are central nervous stimulants, they tend to have similar effects. These effects include the following.
- Drug-induced Psychosis
- Appetite suppression and weight loss
- Aggressive, hostile, or hostile behavior
- A deficit in thinking and motor skills
- Disrupted thinking processes among others.
The effects of meth are experienced sooner and are more potent than Adderall. This may be attributed to the mode of administration and the fact that Meth crosses the blood-brain barrier more readily than Adderall.
Adderall and Meth are more similar than they are different.
We need to give more attention to Adderall abuse to curb the rising rates of addiction.