Adderall Abuse: Smart Pill or College Crack?

April 3, 2012 Updated Apr 3, 2012 at 9:13 AM EDT

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April 3, 2012 Updated Apr 3, 2012 at 9:13 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) What is ADHD? Dr. Raul Vazquez says this is attention deficit disorder, and is commonly treated with the drug Adderall.

However, is the drug effective as a smart pill, or becoming something like "college crack?"

He talks about that with Patrick Taney and Ginger Geoffery on "Eyewitness News This Morning."

First, Dr. V asks the questions...What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? How often do you have trouble with details? How often do you get distracted when people are talking? How often do you start a project and never complete it?

It could be a sign that you have an attention deficit disorder.

How is ADHD treated?

Dr. V says the most common type of medication used for treating ADHD is called a "stimulant."

Adderall amphetamine is prescribed to patients 3 and older.

A study in the journal, Addiction, found as many as one in four college students abused Adderall, using it without a prescription. Dr. V says that while the drug is used to help those with ADHD, abuse is settling in with some young people using the drug as a stimulant.

In addition, Dr. V says the drug is sometimes being abused to help with weight loss.

Click the video for more information. Remember to check with your physician for medical advice as it relates to you.

Watch Dr. V every Tuesday morning on "Eyewitness News This Morning."