The Physiology Ethics and Economics of Study Stimulants

By Fernando Espinal – San Miguel, Avery Myers, and Rocio Ramirez Castro

We opened the conversation about study stimulants with two videos about ADHD medications, Ten facts about adderall (Youtube) and How does Adderall work? (Youtube Video 3 min). Stimulants help ADHD stimulate the brain to release dopamine, this surge of dopamine keeps the person from having to find stimulation in other things such as distractions and thus paves the way for the person to have a more focused attention span.  From there we explored the side effects inherent to stimulants, and specifically amphetamine, medications, which can be found at the American Addiction center: Adderall side effects. The main side effects of adderall are common to all stimulants and include: loss of appetite, increased susceptibility to depression,fast heartbeat, and insomnia.  After establishing this baseline knowledge, we divided the implications/ramifications/complications of “study drugs” into three categories: physiological, ethical, and economic. 

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