Thursday, February 11, 2016 2 Comments
Promoting Student Amphetimine Abuse
while marketing non-pharms
When profit seems ALL that matters,
then BOYCOTT is our most effective response
Irresponsible articles like the one written by supposed student Stephen McLaughlin – with a title the same as this article’s title [How to get your doctor to prescribe you Adderall] – encourages student amphetimine abuse, despite the Limitless Cognition LLC site’s supposed “disclaimer” posted just under the articles sub-title:
“Adderall can be nearly impossible to get, but we have the strongest nootropics available right here in our online store, such as Adrafinil, the pro-drug to prescription Modafinil** (lasts for 12 hours) and has effects similar to Adderall…just…legal;)”
**Modafinil is a medication prescribed for narcolepsy – sometimes used off-label for ADD/AD(h)D
What’s wrong with the article?
In addition to offering other students a detailed description of how he faked ADD/AD(h)D to secure an Adderall prescription, despite the presence of his “helicopter parent” mother, articles like McLaughlin’s also contribute to a significant problem that makes it difficult for those who need and deserve a valid diagnosis along with treatment medication to obtain them.
The article has been published on a dot com site named smartdrugsforcollege – capriciously supported by a company clearly intent upon using any method possible in their attempt to sell non-pharmaceutical alternatives that they claim are “just as good” – along with those that they claim add to or protect from the effects of pharmaceutical stimulants.
It is being passed along on Pinterest as well, pinned and repinned using a [non-site] graphic of a pill bottle with MAKE ME CONCENTRATE on the label, linked to the article.
Search for the title, or “faking ADD” to find it –
I refuse to support their statistics-building efforts with a link from this site.
If you read the article, please read the comments and “Stephen’s” replies as well. I hope you will notice that, for a legitimate student who understands little about the pharmaceutical solutions for a disorder he describes “faking” to obtain, he seems to be unusually well informed about the products the site is marketing.
I left a comment under the article, copied below, but will not add to their click-rate to return to see if they approved it, or left it on the site. Should you visit, I hope you will also be dismayed that any company would promote their products in this manner and will attempt to make your disapproval known in a comment.
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My Comment that may (or may not) remain posted on their site
Stimulant MEDICATIONS, in the literature for over 100 years now, are like insulin in this way – they can be safely used and are often essential to the well-being and lives of those who need them; they can have threatening side effects for those who don’t.
If real [non-ADD/ADHD/EFD] students can’t stand to get a B when they think there is a substance that they believe will allow them to do better, how do you think they are going to feel once side-effects start showing up and they can no longer manage the life they took the risk for? (or is there a non-pharm alternative being developed and marketed for THAT?)
Unlike insulin – which can throw you into shock with a single overdose – they will probably not experience serious side-effects from a stimulant once in a while (though they could). Articles encouraging students to obtain and take a long-term, monthly prescription when they don’t need one is all kinds of wrong: you are not only risking the health and well-being of students who fake it (mental as well as physical), you are risking the health and well being of thousands who DO need and deserve a legitimate prescription.
You are skewing the data in an invalid manner — contributing to the misinformed, inaccurate public perception that “ADD/ADHD is a frivolous disorder with ‘dangerous’ medications that are over-prescribed – and that ‘safer’ alternatives exist.”
Meanwhile, a great many individuals lead marginal lives because they can’t get a legitimate prescription for medication, thanks to physician caution as a result of the rapid rise of student abuse. It makes me very sad that any non-pharm maker would irresponsibly post articles like this as a way to increase the sales of their product alternatives.
I have spent three decades of my life working with the AD(h)D/EFD (Executive Functioning Disorder) population – and I promise you that a great many people lead limp-along lives as a result of articles like this one. Please stop posting articles like this that encourage risky behavior.
Meanwhile, I encourage anyone considering medication abuse to learn about the substances you ingest – and the reasons they exist — whether pharmaceutical OR nootropic.
(Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
– ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
“It takes a village to educate a world!”
I hope you are as appalled as I am.
Meanwhile, as our community’s reaction that may have an effect on stopping this horrendous practice, I hope that you will join me in a boycott of Limitless Cognition LLC and any company that promotes in this fashion, along with any and all products they manufacture or promote — and please pass it on to others who are interested in insisting upon responsible marketing practices.
There are more than a few other places to buy similar non-pharmaceutical substances that do NOT promote in this irresponsible manner.
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