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I think people are making too much of the Trump-on-Adderall thing and misattributing behaviors to an Rx that isn’t the likely culprit.

Along the reasons: Adderall is readil available in a quickly metabolizing form so there would be no real need to snort it.

People often crush meds to defeat time-release formulations.

If a pill’s compounds are made harder to breakdown, they take effect more gradually.

Crushing them defeats that onboarding speed limit and rushes and concentrate the effects.

Also, Trump seems genuinely ADHDish and the effects of Adderall on people appropriately prescribed for ADHD are vastly different than on people taking it inappropriately.

Adderall is often calming and focusing for people w ADHD. It’s primarily a stimulant for people w/o ADHD.
Lastly, Adderall is an appetite suppressant. It’s pretty common for people to lose weight on it and for that to be an issue requiring monitoring.

Trump’s apparent weight gain just doesn’t track all that well to being a regular Adderall user these days.

I said a year ago I wouldn’t be surprised if he was/had been on Adderall.

One comedian’s on-stage comment has now led to people likening taking Adderall to something akin to doing coke though... and people are now tying Trump’s behavior to an Rx that is by no means the cause.
There are many ppl who are rightfully prescribed Adderall and significantly helped by it.

Turning taking it into a shorthand for drug abuse, impulse dyscontrol and being a general a**hole isn’t all that terrific.

The guy has baseline issues. No pill is the cause of that.

Not trying to be soapboxy but among our shortcomings in dealing with mental health, one is our cultural treatment of medications.

Using meds like Xanax, Prozac, etc.. as backdoor personal insults stigmatizes them, the real issues they treat and the people who have them.

Trump’s behavior is reckless, impulsive, dysregulated, dysfunctional. It’s a lot of things.

A result of Adderall abuse though? Not likely.

Dragging prescribed meds into the mix excuses Trump himself and wrongly shifts responsibility to the med not the man.

That’s not great.
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