Part 2: The Truth About Adderall

May 3, 2012 Updated May 3, 2012 at 11:26 PM EDT

By John Borsa

May 3, 2012 Updated May 3, 2012 at 11:26 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Veronica Grossman and Kayla Small, seniors at University at Buffalo, have an edge when it comes to studying for final exams.

"I feel like on Adderall I get way more done than I would if I wasn't on it," said Grossman.

Adderall, a prescription stimulant for people who suffer from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD, is widely being abused by college students as a way to focus on school work.

Kayla Small calls it a miracle drug.

"It really just helps you do your work. It helps me focus, it doesn't let my mind wander," she said.

Small has a prescription for the drug from her doctor. Grossman does not.

"If I know someone ... it is prescribed to I would usually ask them if I could buy it from them or I can have one," said Grossman.

A dose can cost between $3 and $15.

Many students do not realize that sharing or selling prescription drugs is illegal. Adderall and its cousin Ritalin are Class II controlled substances.

There are also side effects.

"You get dehydrated," Small said.

Adderall abuse can also lead to heart attack, stroke, seizure and even death.

"These are stimulants. They have high risk for physical and psychological dependency. You can be addicted," said Kathleen Miller, an addiction specialist at University at Buffalo's Institute on Addiction.

Despite the risks, Small is not concerned.

"It makes us do our work so I wouldn't really consider it a problem. People think it's a problem. I think it's really helpful," she said.

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