What is amphetamine salts combo?
Amphetamine salts combo is a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine salts. These salts are usually mixed together to create what you and I know as Adderall XR, which is a common medication used in the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Amphetamines and amphetamine salts combo are in a class of psycho-stimulant drugs known as phenethylamines which have the primary side effects of psychological and physiological stimulation. The stimulation or wakefulness occurs because the amphetamine salts combo increases the levels of dopamine and norepinephrine neurotransmitters in the brain. This gives amphetamine salts combo a therapeutic ability but it also gives them a very high potential for recreational abuse. Amphetamine salts combo is highly and notoriously addictive because euphoria is one of the main side effects as well as stimulation, wakefulness, and increased energy.
Amphetamine salts combo use in teens
While amphetamine salts combo are meant for ADHD many people use amphetamine salts combo for the sole purpose of enhancing their performance; with or without a prescription. The most common users of amphetamine salts combo are students; young students who still live with their parents. This is dangerous not only because of the high abuse potential associated with amphetamine salts combo but also because most parents don’t know that their young scholars are using them. A new poll showed that only 1% of parents said their teenage children had taken drugs such as Adderall or Ritalin without a prescription.
That percentage is much lower than the percentage of teens that suggest they are using an amphetamine salts combo such as Adderall or Ritalin. A good example would be the study in 2012, which found that about 10 percent of sophomores and 12 percent of seniors said they had used amphetamine salts combo without a prescription.
These studies show the rise in amphetamine salts combo abuse and how a new trend is on the rise with what is now known as “study drugs”. Amphetamine salts combos are called “study drugs” because students use the drug to help them study for a test or stay awake to do homework. Teens without a medical need for amphetamine salts combo will even fake symptoms to get a prescription of the drugs or they will just get the drugs from friends who are prescribed to it.
Too many kids on amphetamine salts combos
“The new findings, from the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, examined parents’ awareness of the issue, surveying parents of U.S. children ages 13 to 17. About 11 percent of parents said their teens had been prescribed stimulant medication for ADHD.”
Among the parents whose children were not prescribed to any amphetamine salts combos only 1% said their teens had used the drugs for study purposes. About 4% of parents said they didn’t even know if their teen had abused the drugs and 95% said their teens had never abused the drugs.
There is a definite disconnect between teens using amphetamine salts combos or being prescribed to them and their parent’s knowledge about the whole thing. The reason parents may be in the dark about amphetamine salts combos could be due to the fact that they don’t have as intense of an effect as say, heroin or cocaine. Plus amphetamine salts combos can help their children study better and what parent really wants to believe that is due to drug use?
Either way there needs to be more communication about amphetamine salts combo and what it is, what it does, how readily available it is and who is using it.