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Substance abuse is a prevalent issue in today's society, and certain drugs are becoming more readily accessible. Adderall is a drug prescribed to individuals diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). These individuals experience symptoms such as hyperactivity, short attention span, and impulsivity due to disruptions in the dopaminergic pathway. Once exploited by non-prescribers such as college students, Adderall becomes an addictive substance as it has temporary enhancing effects on an individual’s health and academics. Notably, there is suggested evidence that supports frequent exercising having beneficial effects on attention and executive functioning. Literature has shown that exercise increases confidence, decreases risks of developing mental disorders, and improves cognitive functions. Adderall may boost energy or cause accelerated heartbeat and fatigue. This study examines whether a significant association is present between ADHD medication use and frequency of exercise. An anonymous Google Forms survey was distributed to undergraduate college students. Data collection is ongoing with 549 responses collected so far. Data was analyzed using Pearson’s Bivariate Correlation in SPSS Version 25.0. The results suggest an association between ADHD medication use and certain exercise levels, which requires further investigation.



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Correlation Between ADHD Medication Use and Frequency of Exercise