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The Big Test

Tell Your Parents You Took the Pills

We hear your heartbeat as you approach your parents in the living room.

YOU: Uh, I think I messed up. I took Angela’s Adderall and I feel really weird and I can’t make it stop.

MOM: You did what?!

We see your father calling 911.

DAD: Yes, my son took Adderall that was not prescribed for him… I don’t know how much he took.

Taking Adderall can have adverse effects including fever, muscle pains, rapid heartbeat, shakiness, nervousness, and anxiety.

We see your mom in the dining room. She’s very angry.

MOM: Let’s go. I’m taking you straight to the hospital! What were you thinking? Why would you take your sister’s pills?

You go to the hospital.

LATER THAT NIGHT

You go back home with your parents.

DAD: You are very lucky, son, very lucky. You could have had a heart attack or seizure from taking your sister’s Adderall.

MOM: Don’t think that because you were in the hospital that you’re going to get away with this. I can’t believe you would do something so foolish. You know better! Clearly you’re not focusing enough.

You look down at the table.

MOM: Look at me when I’m talking to you. You’re letting all this technology distract you. There will be no Xbox, internet, TV, or hanging out with friends until I say so. And every time you complain, and every day you defy me will be another day added to your punishment. How about that?

ANNOUNCER: When you take medicine prescribed for you by your doctor and take it as directed, prescription drugs can help you. But abusing prescription drugs is dangerous, and you never know what the effects could be.

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