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Choose Your Path - The Big Test

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In this video, a teenager must decide whether to abuse Adderall when he is preparing for a test. Adderall is a stimulant medication prescribed to people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Stimulants increase activity in the body, such as increasing a person’s heart rate and the release of dopamine in the brain. When abused, this fast release of dopamine can increase your chances of becoming addicted. Stimulant abuse can be extremely dangerous. Taking high doses of a stimulant can cause an irregular heartbeat, dangerously high body temperatures, and the potential for heart failure or seizures. For some people, taking high doses of certain stimulants, or repeatedly abusing them, can lead to feelings of hostility or paranoia.

Play the video to find out what might happen if someone takes Adderall not prescribed for them.