A new report states that office workers in the US are using a variety of amphetamine-based stimulants, which are usually prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), to improve work performance.
The New York Times report states that prescription drugs like Adderall, Vyvanse and Concerta are among the stimulants used by workers to increase productivity. The report added that the illegal nature of the practice made it difficult to get reliable data on how widespread the misuse is. Experts have now warned that stimulant abuse is graduating into the workforce and it is dangerous.
Medical experts have always stated that misuse of the drugs can cause anxiety, addiction and hallucinations in high doses. However, according to the report, many workers are convinced that if their colleagues are using them, then they need to use them to keep up as well. The report added that workers are getting the pills by feigning symptoms of ADHD to obtain a prescription or through illegal dealers and friends.
The report cites countless interviews of many workers, who said that many people in a wide spectrum of professions misuse stimulants like Adderall, Vyvanse and Concerta to improve work performance. Most spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of losing their jobs or access to the medication.
In 2013, a federal report said non-prescription use among 18-34 year olds was responsible for three times as many casualty appointments in 2011 as in 2005, taking the total number to 23,000. The number of people entering rehab because of stimulant abuse had also increased between 2010-2012.
Dr. Kimberly Dennis, the medical director of Timberline Knolls, a substance-abuse treatment facility for women outside Chicago, said, “You’d see addiction in students, but it was pretty rare to see it in an adult. We are definitely seeing more than one year ago, more than two years ago, especially in the age range of 25 to 45.”