Drug Called Mother’s Little Helper Causes Weight Loss and Addiction
Over the counter medicines and prescription drugs have played an important role in American women’s lives since the revolution in the 60s. The so-called “Mother’s Little Helper” pill was first known as Valium in the 60s and 70s and went through a variety of pill changes to the current anti-depressant Prozac.
There are also a huge variety of sleeping pills that entered the market at the millennium. We now have reports that Moms are using their children’s ADHD medications such as Ritalin and Adderall.
Both medications create a calming and focusing effect for those with ADHD, which are typically children but it also affects about three to four percent of adults in the U.S., according to recent news article. However, there has been an excessive amount of female adults increasingly taking prescription drugs for ADHD.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the number of Adderall prescriptions has surged among women over the age of 26. It rose from around 800,000 in 2002 to almost 5.5 million by 2010. Prescriptions especially rose among women in the age group from 26 to 39, where it soared by 750 percent.
Experts feel one reason for the huge surge is that Adderall has been found to be popular because it not only helps females feel energized and more focused, but helps to cope with stress and lose weight as a perk.
Some experts claim the women may be taking the drug in order to try to do it all as with the Supermom analogy. Adderall is an easy and attractive way for women to get relief from the pressures of stress while trying to look good and feel good about themselves in the process.