I was recently asked to comment from a General Manager's perspective my thoughts on the increasing use of the drug Adderall in the National Football League. The suspensions of Seahawk defensive corners Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner (pending appeal) have once again brought to the forefront the League's stance on Substance Abuse and its policy governing all banned drugs. Now the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are once again in the spotlight of suspension shortly after former Buc (now New England Patriot) Aqib Talib returned from his own four game hiatus. Eric Wright is the latest to sit out for the Buccaneers as they try to make a late season playoff run.
Adderall in the NFL Though banned since being put on the NFL's "No-No" list in 2006, it appears Adderall is taking center stage for coaches and front office executives attempting to keep their clubs clean and their rosters intact. Adderall is a psychostimulant commonly used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Classified as an amphetamine, Adderall can be taken for weight loss and is widely used as a "study drug" on college campuses around the country. It's reported to give the feeling of drinking "100 cups of coffee" while increasing focus, decreasing anxiety, and supplying an incredible energy boost. But besides providing an enhancing edge to players, like any stimulant it's subject to abuse and addiction.