Strictly going by classification, Adderall is not a narcotic. However, it is a Schedule II drug and thus, legally, it is considered such as it comes under the Controlled Substances Act.
What is Adderall used for?
Adderall is a stimulant or amphetamine. It is used in the treatment of ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Adderall is also prescribed for those who are unable to stay awake during the day – a term commonly known as narcolepsy. It is made by a combination of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine. There is another form of Adderall. It is known as Adderall XR. This is the drug in an extended release form.
Why is Adderall not considered a narcotic as per medical terms?
Strictly speaking as per medical terms, to be labeled a narcotic, the medication is to prescribe for pain relief. Such medication in addition to the analgesic effect, the consumer faces a euphoric effect and due to this feeling of euphoria, the consumer starts to abuse the medication and this leads to physical as well as psychological dependence on it.
Adderall, on the other hand, contains various salts which act as an amphetamine. Thus, it is a stimulant compound. Even though Adderall is abused and has the potential of being abused, it cannot be deemed a narcotic by medical professionals. This is one of the drugs which work as a stimulant to the central nervous system. That is the reason why people crush and snort the pills or else they mix the pills in water and inject themselves with it. This gives them a feeling of getting “high”.
There are others that use this drug in order to increase their attention levels and alertness levels, even though they do not have ADHD. The reason is that this drug helps them to increase their focus and thinking ability. Students usually use this drug before exams and they are loosely termed as smart pills.
The third section of persons uses this as it suppresses the appetite and so those who want to lose weight use it as a pill to help them diet.
Why does Schedule II of Narcotic Drugs contain Adderall?
Schedule II drugs are those that have high potential to be abused and to make the user dependent. That is the reason why it needs a prescription in order to be taken and it also needs medical supervision when it is being administered as the chances of misuse and drug addiction is very high. Adderall can only be obtained legally when one has a prescription. If a person is found possessing Adderall illegally, he or she will need to pay heavy penalties.
If the person consumes doctor prescribed Adderall dosage then there are no chances for Adderall addiction . However, if this is abused, it induces dopamine levels in the brain to increase. Also, if it is abused chronically, the person may even suffer from withdrawal symptoms such as depression, fatigue as well as disturbed sleep patterns when Adderall is discontinued.