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Take Your Sister's Adderall

Tell Your Sister You Took Her Pills

We hear your heartbeat. You knock on Angela's door, and then decide to open it and walk in.

YOU: Angela, wake up!

Angela is not happy about being woken up.

ANGELA: (groggy): What?!

YOU: I had to cram for a test so I took some of your Adderall. But now my heart is beating like crazy. I feel like I’m about to puke. What’s going on?

Prescription drug abuse is when someone takes a prescription drug that was prescribed for someone else.

ANGELA: I have no clue, that doesn’t happen to me. Go ask mom. I’m sleeping.


You rush to school.

You take the test. We hear your heart beating fast. You’re fidgeting with the test paper and your hands are shaky. You can’t write clearly. You look over at a neighbor.

ALI: Quit looking.

You continue to have trouble sitting still. You look over at your neighbor again.

ALI: Cheater.


Your heart is still racing.

TEACHER: And before the bell rings I’ll hand back your tests.

The teacher returns the test papers.

TEACHER: Well done.

The teacher hands back your test. You see a BIG Red F with a note that says “See me”.

TEACHER: This is a problem. See me after class.

ANNOUNCER: When you take medicine prescribed for you by your doctor and take it as directed, prescription drugs can help you. But abusing prescription drugs is dangerous, and you never know what the effects could be.

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