The Prescribed Advantage: An Examination and Ethical Discussion of the Growing Prescription Stimulant Culture

Maxwell, Joseph L. (2015) The Prescribed Advantage: An Examination and Ethical Discussion of the Growing Prescription Stimulant Culture. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Neil Manson from Philosophy, The University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

The goal of this thesis is to examine the current state of prescription stimulant use, particularly on college campuses, and the impact of the attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) dilemma. I will first discuss the science explaining and relating ADHD etiology and the effects of stimulant medications on the mind and body. I will then discuss the accepted criteria for ADHD diagnosis and the ambiguity they create. Next I will identify the central issue: the widespread illicit use of stimulant medications, particularly for academic purposes. I will expound on the development of this situation, the influence of the competitive collegiate atmosphere, and the ethical questions that follow. Finally I will discuss alternate paradigms for the regulation of prescription stimulants, and I will conclude by proposing a potentially equitable solution derived from the Principlist system of ethics.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Maxwell, Joseph L.
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in Biology and Psychology
Thesis Advisor: Neil Manson
Thesis Advisor's Department: Philosophy
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Q Science > QP Physiology
R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
Depositing User: Mr. Joseph L. Maxwell
Date Deposited: 12 May 2015 18:35
Last Modified: 12 May 2015 18:35
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/454

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