Valérie Carpentier: What is Adderall, this drug that can be addictive?

Singer-songwriter Valérie Carpentier has recently spoken openly about her addiction issues and her desire to break out of it.

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In a long string of releases, written in videos that aired on Instagram for three days, the winner of season one of The Voice spoke of her “addiction to stimulants” (including Adderall, a drug used to treat attention deficit disorder in general). is used).

“A few weeks ago I decided to flush my prescription for Adderall down the toilet,” writes Valérie Carpentier.

“To end it once and for all […] The side effects of the drug have ruined my life for years.”

She reports paranoia, dark thoughts, loss of appetite and insomnia.

The 28-year-old also admits it’s not the first time she’s tried sobriety, but this time she’s adamant.

According to Diane Lamarre, pharmacist and associate at LCN, Adderall is an amphetamine salt-based drug that’s typically prescribed to people suffering from ADHD or even narcolepsy.

“These drugs help keep people more alert, increase concentration and keep people in a state where they can concentrate better,” she told TVA Nouvelles at noon.

Health Canada has found that use of this drug has increased in three population groups in recent years.

“Among athletes who need to concentrate, artists, high school students, college students, and university students. There is an increasing use in these three groups,” explains the pharmacist.

She points out that it can be very effective for people who really need it, who are attention deficit, and addiction doesn’t exist in these people.

“But if you don’t really need them and use them, there’s a risk of addiction, that’s for sure, but there are benefits to using this drug, too,” Ms. Lamarre adds.

In fact, Adderall not only reduces concentration, but also reduces appetite and, in particular, reduces the need for sleep.

“In the very, very long term, this drug can lead to a state of very great fatigue if the drug is not taken, or even depression. […] These states make you want to go back on the drugs, the dependency principle,” warns Diane Lamarre.

***Watch her full segment in the video above.***

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