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Adderall - addicted to success

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No one would have described Mike Wyland as an exceptional student in high school. Although clearly intelligent, he had a hard time focusing on his homework assignments and studies. He did the bare minimum to maintain a B average. When a friend offered him a little pill that would help him concentrate, Wyland thought it couldn't hurt. He didn't want to get high. He just wanted to get better grades.

After taking the "study drug" for the first time as a 17-year-old junior, Wyland's grades quickly improved. He found he could focus on even the most tedious tasks. He liked the results. He took it a few more times, getting the pills from friends, before he went to a doctor and got a prescription of his own.

But Wyland's study helper soon became an addiction that estranged him from the things he loved and from the person he wanted to be. COMPLETE REPORT >>

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