All over America there are moms in the shadows drowning in their daily responsibilities and turning to the prescription drug Adderall for relief.
Adderall is a drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but these women don't have ADHD; they say they need Adderall to be better mothers.
And the 1950s housewives are relentlessly mocked still for their supposed addiction to tranquilisers. Modern empowered women don't always eschew "mother's little helpers", either:
Several years ago, one of Degree's children was prescribed Adderall, a central nervous system stimulant, for ADHD. In a moment of desperation she stole a pill from her own child and the addiction was almost immediate.
A super-mom was born:
"I was able to get all the stuff done around the house," Degree said. "I was able to cook the dinner and have everything perfect."
Degree tells ABC News she felt like supermom and would stay up until 3 a.m. doing loads of laundry. She says she thought she'd only take it once.
In all honesty, it isn't clear whether this unfortunate lady held a job outside home at that moment, but further on the article claims that:
Some women start on Adderall to keep up with the demands of career and home
Hmm, now I really start wondering about all these ladies popping up at homemakers' blogs and claiming how they really have little trouble balancing their careers with domestic demands.
There is a price attached to magic pills though:
"This is a significant problem," said Dr. Marvin Seppala, chief medical officer at Hazelden, an addiction treatment facility. "We've got an increase in women using drugs like Adderall ending up in our treatment programs. ... We know from a medical perspective it's dangerous and can cause seizures, strokes, heart attacks, even death."
The real question is, should a drug similar to meth be prescribed to children as young as three?