14 October 2011
Informational Speech 2
General Purpose: To inform
Specific Purpose: To inform my audience about the benefits of Adderall as well as the risks from abusing the prescription drug. Thesis Statement: While Adderall is used to benefit people with ADD, there are also many risks that come along for those who choose to abuse the prescription drug. Introduction
1. Attention-getter: Would you ever consider taking a pill that makes you actually focus on getting your school work done even if you weren’t officially prescribed to it? 2. Ethos: According to the federal government’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, Adderall has become commonly abused on over 200 college campuses across America. 3. Preview: First I would like to go into a little background about Adderall, followed by the risks it can have on the body, and lastly about how college kids abuse this “Smart Drug”. (Transition: Now, I will talk about the background of Adderall.) Body
I. Adderall was created in 1996 by the manufacturer Deramed Pharmaceuticals and is available in instant-release form or extended-release form. It is composed of a combination of amphetamine salts. A. It is known to treat patients with ADD, ADHD, and narcolepsy. B. It’s a pyschostimulant drug that increases levels of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. (Transition: Like all medicines, Adderall has some risks that come with taking the drug.) II. Adderall comes with a long list of side effects, especially for those who overuse the drug. A. Prolonged high doses of amphetamines can result in extreme fatigue, insomnia, stomach pain, dry mouth, loss of appetite, difficulty falling asleep, weight loss, extreme irritability & mood swings, unpleasant taste in mouth, depression, muscle and joint pain, and severe headaches. B. Symptoms of Adderall overdose include: seizure, high blood pressure, abnormal heart beat, extreme and...
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