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A month ago, the . condemned Lance Armstrong for his use of in the This week, the Miami Hurricane unashamedly encouraged its readers to abuse performance-enhancing . In doing so, my beloved paper sold its professional image for ratings. , telling students that it’s okay to take the alleged psychological equivalent of steroids
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a serious psychological malady which has been trivialized by popular culture. There are rules and criteria for the disorder which should not be overlooked, such as vulnerability to distraction, extreme forgetfulness, lack of attentiveness, and dislike of activities that require pronounced mental effort. In order for an individual to be diagnosed, these symptoms (and at least two other unlisted criteria) must present themselves in at least two different social settings and cause noticeable impairments over a period of six months.
ADD symptoms are commonly treated with stimulant medications like Adderall, Concerta, and Vyvanse, which have side effects as far apart in magnitude as dry mouth and epilepsy-grade seizures. Furthermore, these drugs are amphetamines, commonly used in the synthesis of crystal meth. Because of these side effects (as well as the ethical implications surrounding the drugs), I waited years to fill my prescriptions. I was so reluctant that I avoided the subject throughout my undergraduate experience. Though I suffered academically and professionally, I still did okay.
Drugs like Adderall are dangerous and controversial. Last year there was a shortage because the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) limited the drug’s main ingredient. They’re also unethical; the prevalence of jacked-up super-students makes it harder for people with ADD to compete (or even catch up) in school settings and in the workplace. By promoting cheating and Adderall abuse (or articles by people who do those things), The Miami Hurricane only complicated their situation.
As an idealist, I believe that all people must take responsibility for their ideas, words, and actions. As a writer, I believe that journalism must be used to hold society accountable for those things and their consequences. The press exists to spread enlightenment to the masses through the truthful, fair, comprehensive, and tasteful analysis of relevant events and issues. Because the newspaper has shown itself inconsistent with these standards, I hereby resign from the Miami Hurricane.
Thank you for your readership,
- How Amphetamines like Adderall ruined the Miami Hurricane (thewrittenblit.com)
- Prescription meds used to gain edge in classwork (University of Miami School of Communication)