Adderall usage among college students: The beginning

Last week I selected my topic for the ongoing story package I will be working on this semester. It didn’t take me long to come up with the idea since Adderall use among college students has been a story I have been wanting to investigate for awhile now. The topic was presented to me around six months ago by a fellow member of the investigative team at The Daily Aztec and I made a note of it and put it aside for when I would have the time to do it.

Now’s the time to look into it and here is what I’m trying to find out:

  • What percentage of students are taking Adderall for a non-medical purpose?
  • Why are these students reverting to Adderall as opposed to coffee, red bull or other caffeinated drinks used to help students cram for an exam or finish a big homework project?
  • What is the risk vs. reward benefit of taking Adderall? Are there lingering health problems associated with it?

I might encounter some problems getting sources to talk on the record about illegally obtaining and taking Adderall, but I have some friends who can introduce me to many people who do take Adderall so I’m hoping one of them will be willing to go on record. I am also planning on  doing an anonymous survey in several of my classes to gather data on Adderall usage at San Diego State.

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This is a place where Jacob Sisneros, a journalism senior at San Diego State, will display his journalistic work as he learns and grows as a journalist.


Jacob is an aspiring sports journalist who also enjoys writing investigative stories. He is currently the editor in chief of The Daily Aztec after serving as the assistant news editor during spring 2016. Jacob transferred from De Anza College in Cupertino, California for fall semester 2015 at SDSU. He served a quarter each as news editor, sports editor, managing editor and editor in chief at his community college paper La Voz Weekly. His dream job is to write for Sports Illustrated covering baseball.