Beth Macy

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Like Ritalin, Adderall is a drug used to treat ADHD. It can be abused as a “study drug” and young people who are prescribed Adderall sometimes progress to taking stronger drugs.
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Adderall Term Timeline in Dopesick

The timeline below shows where the term Adderall appears in Dopesick. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 5
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...the opioid epidemic’s stealth phase. Jesse Bolstridge is a high school student who trades his Adderall to classmates in exchange for painkillers. His mother, Kristi Fernandez, knows something is wrong but... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...addictions. For most teenagers that develop addictions, the first drugs they took were Ritalin or Adderall (prescribed for attention deficit disorders but also abused as a study drug on campuses). (full context)
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Between 1991 and 2010, prescription of stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin increases tenfold among all age groups, with some going to children as young... (full context)