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Study for the Test

Take Your Sister's Adderall and Cram

YOU: I heard Adderall can help you focus. Angela takes it for her ADHD.

You run into the bathroom, take the Adderall bottle out of the cabinet and shake two pills out of the bottle. Cut to you running out the front door and down the street. Time elapses and you’re in the library studying. You feel jumpy and jittery, and your heart is racing after the two pills.

Taking too much Adderall can result in confusion.

You tap your pen against your open textbook but are having a hard time focusing on studying. Those studying around you are bothered by your tapping.

YOU: Ugh, I feel awful. These pills don’t even help. This whole day sucks.


Time elapses and you are taking the test. We hear your heart beating fast. You’re fidgeting with the test paper and your hands are shaky. You can’t write clearly. You look over at a neighbor.

ALI: Quit looking.

You continue to have trouble sitting still. You look over at your neighbor again.

ALI: Cheater.


Your heart is still racing.

TEACHER: And before the bell rings I’ll hand back your tests.

The teacher returns the test papers.

TEACHER to your neighbor: Well done.

The teacher hands back your test. You see a BIG Red F with a note that says “See me”.

TEACHER: This is a problem. See me after class.

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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