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Report: Brandon Spikes’ positive test for ADHD medicine

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Patriots rookie linebacker Brandon Spikes’ four-game suspension was caused by a positive test for attention deficit disorder medicine, according to Tom Curran of Comcast SportsNet New England.

Officially, Spikes was announced as having violated the league’s policy against steroids and related substances.  According to Curran, the ADHD medicine was deemed a “performance enhancer” by the NFL.  As Curran also points out, Adderall contains amphetamines that are listed among the league’s banned substances. Adderall is one of the most common treatment drugs for ADHD.

Regardless of the explanation for Spikes’ ingestion of a banned substance and subsequent suspension, the second-round rookie has accepted the four-game ban and will not appeal.

Spikes should be eligible for the Patriots’ first playoff game.

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84 Responses to “Report: Brandon Spikes’ positive test for ADHD medicine”
  1. cbass59 says: Dec 11, 2010 12:57 PM

    Someone in the Patriots organization cheating???

    Kraft will probably give him a extra bonus this Christmas.

  2. artiesliver says: Dec 11, 2010 12:57 PM

    The NFL doesn’t believe in treating players with attention defecit disorder because uh …hmmm…what was i talking about?

  3. CKL says: Dec 11, 2010 1:01 PM

    Well…I do feel better that it wasn’t ‘roids. Still he should have checked so it’s 100% on him. There must be some alternative meds he could have taken.
    I hope he feels like crap because he let his team down then plays like a man possessed if they make the playoffs. AND that he LEARNS HIS LESSON.

  4. itsfootballfolks says: Dec 11, 2010 1:08 PM

    Geez, so many people have bashed the poor guy and have attacked him for cheating. Seems to me the league owes him an apology. Not only does he have to go through life with a miserable disorder like ADHD, but he can’t even be allowed to deal with it privately.

    That sucks.

  5. buzmeg says: Dec 11, 2010 1:11 PM

    @cbass59 “Someone in the Patriots organization cheating??? Kraft will probably give him a extra bonus this Christmas.”

    This is getting stale. Give it a rest.

  6. barneyrumble says: Dec 11, 2010 1:12 PM

    The guy doesn’t look like someone on ‘roids from his pictures, so maybe this is about ADHD but there was a NASCAR driver that tried the same defense and it didn’t go so well. The kid is probably being smart by taking the games off and moving on.

  7. shivablast says: Dec 11, 2010 1:12 PM

    Of course it’s great that it’s not steroids… but if used properly (or improperly, I suppose), ADHD medication can have the same effects as cocaine.

    Patriots lost a significant player at a position where they lack depth. I have to disagree with cbass59, as I really doubt that Robert Kraft will give him a bonus for getting suspended.

    Kudos for originality though, cbass59.

  8. dbellina says: Dec 11, 2010 1:20 PM

    I feel bad for him if he has ADHD. I myself have it and when I don’t take my Adderall, it gets very hard for me to concentr……….Hey look at that bird over there!

  9. veretax says: Dec 11, 2010 1:22 PM

    If he was actually diagnosed with ADHD, I see no reason he should not be able to take medication to help. However, I’m sure there is more to this story than is being told.

  10. micronin127 says: Dec 11, 2010 1:23 PM

    It’s all on Spikes.

    Amphetamines are performance enhancers. Romanowski was a classic example of better living through chemicals about a decade ago.

    Maybe this is why he slipped to the late 2nd round and not his slow 40 time.

    There was an HGH scandal with the Carolina Panthers following their Super Bowl loss and there was a recent HGH scandal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. HGH use is probably rampant leaguewide as there is no test for it.

  11. PFTiswhatitis says: Dec 11, 2010 1:25 PM

    Yeah that’s some real cheating there.

  12. dumbaseinstien says: Dec 11, 2010 1:26 PM

    The ADHD condition is a complete joke! The fact that it has actually become a diagnosis applicable to our daily lives is more an example of psychologists trying to justify their $100k student loan payments than a condition that actually justifies medication! Those who have problems paying attention in their daily lives need parents who will lay one up along the sides of their heads rather than being medicated more than we all ready are by the media & propaganda we are all fed! In short, parents should start teaching (again) their children to pay attention…what a concept!!!

  13. bbpats says: Dec 11, 2010 1:26 PM

    Now it makes sense!
    Since the Pats are steamrolling through the league Goodell was ordered by Kraft to suspend Spikes.
    I got it now.

  14. youboettcha says: Dec 11, 2010 1:29 PM

    I agree that he should have checked, but knowing that it was ADHD medicine, I have more respect for him than an “overtrained athlete” who could pee on a pregnancy test and get a positive result.

  15. CT Pats Fan says: Dec 11, 2010 1:30 PM

    @cbass59: Really, dude? Really? That’s the best you could do? Really? Did you get that line from the commenters on the initial report, yesterday? I can’t believe you made it up all by yourself.

    A guy takes a prescription medicine for an actual medical condition, he screws up by not verifying the ingredients and get banned. Then, he mans up, admits it was his mistake and accepts the punishment and the BEST you could do was throw out a lame “cheat” line?

    Really? I mean, seriously…

  16. mrconnors says: Dec 11, 2010 1:31 PM

    Cbass59 is a moron.

  17. meso0rnery says: Dec 11, 2010 1:32 PM

    Whoa, not a Pats fan by any means, but this sounds like straight up BS. If he really has ADHD, why can’t he take the most common medication for it? I get that it contains amphetamines, but if it’s the most common treatment, wouldn’t that mean that it is the most effective? Why should he get screwed out of using a drug for a legitimate cause?

  18. echoplex89 says: Dec 11, 2010 1:33 PM

    if it wasn’t steriods, why isn’t he going to appeal?

  19. sickpuppyz says: Dec 11, 2010 1:33 PM

    @cbass59

    you spewed the same troll crap yesterday in a diff article. trolls like you should be banned from the internet. you bring the human IQ average way down. you should be banned from procreating too.

    whatever team you “root” for, you are not doing them any service. If I was that team I would not want a fan such as your trollness no matter how much money you spent on merchandise.

    sir, you are a disgrace to humans everywhere.

  20. canadianvikingfaniii says: Dec 11, 2010 1:34 PM

    The NFL is rediculous.

  21. uclabruininstlouis says: Dec 11, 2010 1:35 PM

    There are very few, if any, meds that work like Adderall. Even this drug isn’t always effective. When it works, it is a Godsend. Just ask the patients and their families. To me, the NFL might readjust their guidelines with this type of medication. People who have ADD or ADHD have enough trouble just living their lives, let alone trying to remember all the ‘calls’ in the game.

  22. pastabelly says: Dec 11, 2010 1:38 PM

    He isn’t going to appeal because if he lost the appeal, he would lose a playoff game. No matter what Spikes did, he let his team down. These guys all know that they have to check every single medication they put in their body. As a Pats fan, I like the rookie season Spikes is having. He’ll be a good one.

  23. pftisbecominglame says: Dec 11, 2010 1:42 PM

    Most likely he was taking it for the buzz. If he has ADHD, then I would imagine his condition would warrant an exception to this rule. If a cancer drug has a banned substance in it, do they tell the player with cancer that he either dies or gets suspended? The fact that the NFL made no exception suggests there has been no diagnosis.

  24. tombradysford says: Dec 11, 2010 1:45 PM

    I dont have ADD or ADHD, but I do the exact same things spikes did. I purchase them off my roommates and it helps me study better for exams and tests. Spikes most likely does not have ADD or ADHD, because if he did, this would have been prescribed to him anyways. He most likely got it off friends with the intention to focus better.

  25. blackglass3 says: Dec 11, 2010 1:47 PM

    dumbaseinstien says:
    Dec 11, 2010 1:26 PM
    The ADHD condition is a complete joke! The fact that it has actually become a diagnosis applicable to our daily lives is more an example of psychologists trying to justify their $100k student loan payments than a condition that actually justifies medication! Those who have problems paying attention in their daily lives need parents who will lay one up along the sides of their heads rather than being medicated more than we all ready are by the media & propaganda we are all fed! In short, parents should start teaching (again) their children to pay attention…what a concept!!!

    ————————————————–

    You obviously A) have no children and B) don’t know much about medical findings. Oh, and advocating hitting children to “teach” them is like advocating raping women to show why they should remain celibate. Please never pollute the world with your offspring…those poor children will amount to nothing with a blithering idiot like you for a parent.

  26. patriotsfan51 says: Dec 11, 2010 1:52 PM

    echoplex89 says:
    Dec 11, 2010 1:33 PM
    if it wasn’t steriods, why isn’t he going to appeal?

    if he appeals plays this week and it isnt overturned.. he will miss at least one playoff game.. i say serve your suspension and be back ( hopefully) divisional weekend

  27. jpmelon says: Dec 11, 2010 1:56 PM

    So he took the pills because he is an idiot. I assure you, if he had a prescription, he’d be appealing this.

  28. backindasaddle says: Dec 11, 2010 1:56 PM

    My best guess is that maybe ‘cbass59′ is just really frustrated because he never gets laid??? Probably lives in his parents basement too.

    …also this: “Kraft will probably give him a extra bonus this Christmas”

    Maybe ‘cbass59′ should grow a extra brain cell or two.

  29. bowdowntoatruepimp says: Dec 11, 2010 1:58 PM

    I know many people who tried all sorts of meds for treating their ADHD and Adderall was the only fix.

    Too bad for all the haters, the best argument they can use now is that Spikes was cheating by taking a medication so he could pay attention more in the film room.

    By the way, Patriots are still 10-2. Suck on that!

  30. pghsteel412 says: Dec 11, 2010 1:59 PM

    contrary to what micronin127 decides to post on here.. despite not knowing the facts… which is no surprise i guess.. the steelers werent involved in a hgh scandal.. a doctor for steelers bought 150,000 for elderly patients and research use.. and he stated that no steeler received the hgh. and was fired from his job.. so u cant say its a steeler scandal… ur jsut trying to drum up a lil controversy.. kinda sad

  31. thribolde says: Dec 11, 2010 2:03 PM

    Dumbaseinstein:
    You’re “expert” opinion is obvious buffoonery. It seems you are still sore that the ADD kids got more time on tests or got to take that really cool pill before lunch. ADHD is not a deadly disease or a physically cripling condition, but it is real.
    People with the chemical imbalance have real trouble concetrating and focusing on one task. If adderall or ritalin helps give them better quality of life, than so be it.
    Spikes should have made himself aware of the ingredients within and not been in this position to start with, but to write it off as an unreal treatment scheme insults the intelligence of millions of people medicated for ADHD around the country.
    I bet you don’t complain about the necessity of your VIAGRA pills.
    But, then again, it’s easy to stalk forums all day hiding behind a computer and spewing out non-factual, oppinionated garbage.
    Dumbaseinstein, you are simply that, ignorant.

  32. kimcon22000 says: Dec 11, 2010 2:06 PM

    blackglass3 says:
    Dec 11, 2010 1:47 PM
    dumbaseinstien says:
    Dec 11, 2010 1:26 PM
    The ADHD condition is a complete joke! The fact that it has actually become a diagnosis applicable to our daily lives is more an example of psychologists trying to justify their $100k student loan payments than a condition that actually justifies medication! Those who have problems paying attention in their daily lives need parents who will lay one up along the sides of their heads rather than being medicated more than we all ready are by the media & propaganda we are all fed! In short, parents should start teaching (again) their children to pay attention…what a concept!!!

    ———————————————————

    What a moron you are – you have the right call sign though dumbass. ADD and ADHD are legitimate diagnosis according to the DSMV. I took Ritalin for ADHD and it has really hel ………………………………………………………………………………………….. anyone else like Cool Whip?

  33. grpatriot says: Dec 11, 2010 2:10 PM

    Has he been on this medicene long term? If so, the suspension should be lifted! Many kids are on this stuff! The Teachers want it that way. The kid a little hyper or doesn’t conform, medicate them…The league has to take prescription meds into consideration.
    He’s not making excuses or appealing? I doubt he can just stop taking the meds! His Doctor should step up and wave confidentiality. This is approaching ridiculous!

  34. marinofreakout says: Dec 11, 2010 2:11 PM

    Aderol is a schedule II drug (that means the legal sanctions that come with possession–without a script—are as harsh as cocaine and oxycodone), so although its rampantly abused across the country, hes lucky it was just found in his system and not in his locker.

    If hes prescribed that raises entirely different issues—ie why is this just being figured out now?

    And yea it def is a performance enhancer. Theres a reason why its on the list.

    cheating is the patriot way.

  35. grpatriot says: Dec 11, 2010 2:12 PM

    The ADHD condition is a complete joke! The fact that it has actually become a diagnosis applicable to our daily lives is more an example of psychologists trying to justify their $100k student loan payments than a condition that actually justifies medication!
    Really? Then why are so many kids in elementary school on the stuff? Asshat?

  36. moochach says: Dec 11, 2010 2:20 PM

    Just another non-event that allows the delusional paranoid retard community to continue thinking that the Patriots 0.750 winning percentage over the last 10 years is due to something other than having the best coach, the best owner and the best team of players during in this era. Keep living in your paranoid fantasy world if it makes you feel better, because this team just keeps winning, and that just the reality of the situation.

  37. belichickee says: Dec 11, 2010 2:24 PM

    OMG people Spikes doesn’t have ADHD, if he did he’d be cleared to take medication for it. ADHD misuse is rampant on college campuses for helping kids stay up late and cram and to focus, I’m sure athletes use it to get “up” for practices/games. I’m glad it wasn’t roids too but to give Spikes a pass for this is nonsense, he knew it was banned and took it anyway, and he’s hurt his team for the next four games. Very, very disappointing.

  38. 44kyle says: Dec 11, 2010 2:28 PM

    After Brandon is off the Adderall long enough, and the ADHD returns to full strength, he ought to post on PFT. He’ll fit right in then.

  39. wvugrad00 says: Dec 11, 2010 2:30 PM

    @dumbaseinstien

    you sir are a jackass, you have no idea how ADD and ADHD effect someone life, it is a real condition and has nothing to do with parenting. I sure hope someone smacks some smarts into you, but I fear for that to happen the person would be charged with some crime because it would take alot of smacking to get some sense into your head.

  40. kimcon22000 says: Dec 11, 2010 2:32 PM

    It’s a legitimate drug for a legitimate diagnosis. He obviously had no script for it as ………………………………………………………………………………………………. I like grapes ………

  41. stanjam says: Dec 11, 2010 2:37 PM

    Even if he has a prescription this does not mean he would win the appeal. He was supposed to report to the NFL that he is on the medication so he could get an exemption from the rule. If they had said no then he would have been screwed. He didn’t report for whatever reason, and he got suspended.

    If he appeals he would likely lose, since he didn’t report. He would then lose a playoff game, even worse. So he takes his lumps, and remains able to play in the playoffs.

  42. luvmesmchiefs says: Dec 11, 2010 2:38 PM

    pftisbecominglame says:
    Dec 11, 2010 1:42 PM
    Most likely he was taking it for the buzz. If he has ADHD, then I would imagine his condition would warrant an exception to this rule. If a cancer drug has a banned substance in it, do they tell the player with cancer that he either dies or gets suspended? The fact that the NFL made no exception suggests there has been no diagnosis.

    ————————————————-
    Nail on the head. No talk of a perscription and no appeal. The dude was getting skied. What agent or NFL franchise for that matter doesn’t shove down their clients or employes throat “don’t take anything without checking first.” The constant excuse of “I didnt know” is f-ing ridiculous.

  43. bigbear12 says: Dec 11, 2010 2:51 PM

    Even with a prescription medication don’t players have to notify someone before they take it if it has a banned substance in it?
    Since it is not the only treatment for ADHD and his lack of previously mentioning it would probably lead to an appeal being denied.
    I’m happy as anyone to see him sit against the Bears, but don’t care to jump on the cheater bandwagon just yet. I have no problem calling him an idiot though.

  44. patriotsworld says: Dec 11, 2010 2:56 PM

    Hey Marinofreakout. Brady, 3 rings, Marino, o rings. What part of that do you like best?

  45. diz17 says: Dec 11, 2010 3:03 PM

    If he does have ADD/ADHD, all he has to do to prove his innocence is say he has it, and the NFL would give him an exception.

    Since admitted he took something he shouldn’t have, it proves he’s doing it to cheat. If you’ve been in college any time in the past ten years, you’d see that students use Adderall as study drug. People pop them like they’re candy before cramming for a test.

  46. Brantley says: Dec 11, 2010 3:13 PM

    dumbaseinstien says:
    Dec 11, 2010 1:26 PM
    The ADHD condition is a complete joke! The fact that it has actually become a diagnosis applicable to our daily lives is more an example of psychologists trying to justify their $100k student loan payments than a condition that actually justifies medication! Those who have problems paying attention in their daily lives need parents who will lay one up along the sides of their heads rather than being medicated more than we all ready are by the media & propaganda we are all fed! In short, parents should start teaching (again) their children to pay attention…what a concept!!!

    ————————————————–

    Let’s see, what you’re advocating would take parents away from kids. You realize this don’t you? Parents “who will lay one up along the sides of their [kids] heads” are breaking the law. You know, because hitting your kids is illegal.

    Now I’m all for parents taking a more active approach in their kids lives, but to advocate hitting kids is the stupidest frigging thing I’ve ever heard.

    Please tell me you don’t have any of your own that you’re smacking around at home.

  47. brooklynsjetfan says: Dec 11, 2010 3:17 PM

    How long does it take for Brandon Spikes to screw in a lightbulb….wanna go fishing

  48. firegoodell says: Dec 11, 2010 3:18 PM

    My son has ADHD and is treated for it with medicine, and I teach school. If this is really the case of the suspension, tasking ADHD meds – I would bet he would win an appeal – he takes a medicine for a recognized medical issue and if students in my room have a medical diagnosis for ADHD they qualify for certain special services – I am not advocating the use of performancing enhancing drugs but taking a medicine that allows you to concentrate more, stay more focused, and “pay attention”, how is that cheating….the NFL is becoming a joke – he gets the exact same punishment that Cushing got? Yeah …… that’s fair.

  49. garytops says: Dec 11, 2010 3:19 PM

    I am a Pats fan, but I have to say, just because he was taking the drug doesnt mean he is ADHD. Lots of people take this stuff to get high

  50. brasho says: Dec 11, 2010 3:20 PM

    The best question to ask now is… has Spikes been diagnosed (by a legit doc) with ADHD? If not, then he did it for training purposes… because here’s the thing about ADD and ADHD medicine…they are speed/amphetamines plain and simple… for some reason the speed slows down somebody with ADD/ADHD but speeds up somebody without it.

    This is an important question that needs to be asked.

  51. Deb says: Dec 11, 2010 3:23 PM

    @grpatriot …

    If you RESEARCHED, the conditions, you’d find that statistically, it appears that ADD and ADHD have been overdiagnosed. That does not mean the disorders don’t exist. They are very real and serious disabilities that have plagued children for generations. Unfortunately, you will always have sloppy educators and pratitioners who label an unruly child without bothering to do the appropriate testing. That doesn’t mean there aren’t REAL kids (and adults) with REAL issues.

    @pftisbecominglame & luvsmesmchiefs …

    Adderall’s an amphetamine, not a narcotic. He wouldn’t get a buzz from it–just jittery. In patients with ADHD, it actually slows them down … makes them less hyper. If he doesn’t have ADHD, it would act like speed … or an appetite suppressant. But it wouldn’t be a fun recreational drug.

    As for the NFL making allowances for medical conditions … are you kidding? Goodell’s Goons are incapable of rational discussion on any issue. If Spikes serves his suspension without argument, he’ll be back for the playoffs–and he doesn’t want to miss a potential Super Bowl run. And maybe he didn’t have a legal prescription. But unless he needed to lose weight in a hurry or was trying to get by on less sleep, I can’t see him taking Adderall unless he really has (or thinks he has) ADHD.

  52. micronin127 says: Dec 11, 2010 3:31 PM

    A Pittburgh Steelers doctor purchases $150K worth of HGH and claims that it is for the elderly or for research use…

    Don’t the Steelers pay their team doctor’s enough… it’s a shame this guy has to moonlight treating the elderly with HGH and conducting his own research. I don’t buy this for a minute. The fact is there is no HGH test and if there were, half the league would flunk it not just the Steelers.

    And I don’t buy that this was innocent Adderall use either. It was being taken for a competitive edge just like baseball players used to take greenies. Lots of kids in college would take this stuff around final exam time for an edge too.

    Believe what you want to believe but PED’s are rampant in professional sports and the new CBA ought to include standards at least as tough as the Olympics including blood tests. Only then will I stop being cynical about PED use in the sport. Bargain for a strong anti-doping policy and then everyone has to clean up.

  53. raidersteve413 says: Dec 11, 2010 3:31 PM

    patriotsworld says:
    Dec 11, 2010 2:56 PM
    Hey Marinofreakout. Brady, 3 rings, Marino, o rings. What part of that do you like best?

    ————————————————
    hey patriotsworld. How many rings have since they got caught cheating?
    0.0

  54. patriotsworld says: Dec 11, 2010 3:44 PM

    Hey raidersteve, you don’t get it either. I don’t care about stupid accusations. I was rooting for the Pats when you haters were just a nightmare in you mothers head. I truly enjoy the champinships. Long live Kenny Stabler, you’ve heard of him, right?

  55. idriveamoped says: Dec 11, 2010 3:58 PM

    Ive got to say on this.

    I understand ADHD. I was diagnosed with it through out school. As a child its hard to deal with. I had to take my Ritlin everday for 10+ years. When I turned 18 though, I stopped taking it.

    When your a grown adult, you have more control over your thoughts and such, that you don’t need medication anymore. I went into the Marine Corps, and I had a few relapses but nothing that I couldn’t over come. SO I must say that he must either, be in alot worse shape that I was “Which is possible, but I would think unlikely” or he just doesn’t have the discipline that a 22 “I think he is” year old should have.

    I know that its quite possible that I am entirely wrong here, but I don’t think he uses them for enhancements, but I also think that he is just undisciplined and has become reliant on his meds.

  56. edenprairieballer says: Dec 11, 2010 4:05 PM

    I CALLED IT!!!!! snorting adderall before games, i wish they had that stuff when i played!!

  57. Deb says: Dec 11, 2010 4:09 PM

    @grpatriot …

    Sorry, guess my post was intended for dumbaseinstein. The next time you direct-quote some nut like that, be sure to put @dumbaseinstein or something to indicate that insanity isn’t coming from you ;)

  58. pondbridge says: Dec 11, 2010 5:21 PM

    Let’s all wear ribbons to increase awareness about one disease and then bash a rookie for another. Appears that NFL HQ has Intelligence Deficit Disorder.

  59. orangeandbrown19 says: Dec 11, 2010 5:29 PM

    I could be wrong, and by all means, correct me if I am wrong, but does anyone else thinks this screams of some sort of discrimination? I am almost certain that the Americans with Disabilities Act has to come into play somewhere here.
    Unfortunately all of the gibberish I am thinking is moot, if in fact, the guy was not using it for ADHD and perhaps went on an all-nighter… This drug is not the new “Super-drug” of college campuses for nothing. If there are disbelievers out there, pop a 15mg, call me in the morning and tell me just how clean your house, garage, car, and neighbor’s driveway are…
    (For those of you that have done it, you are silently smirking to yourself now, thinking… He’s right..Ha)
    However, back to my point, if the kid is legitimately diagnosed with ADHD, then he needs his meds…. I am certain that most injuries require some narcotics to relieve the pain… no suspensions there, huh #4?

  60. brooklynsjetfan says: Dec 11, 2010 5:44 PM

    Deb,
    Don’t you have book club on Saturdays?

  61. krow101 says: Dec 11, 2010 6:16 PM

    New England Patriots… one of the best… and one of the dirtiest… teams in the NFL.

  62. belicheckyoself says: Dec 11, 2010 6:32 PM

    @brooklynsjetfan says:
    Dec 11, 2010 3:17 PM
    How long does it take for Brandon Spikes to screw in a lightbulb

    Mark Sanchez went to screw in a lightbulb, but he gave it away four times and then went home instead.

    @DumbassEinstein etc-
    I think everybody has ADD tendencies, that’s why the drugs work on all those college students during finals. It becomes a disease when the tendencies interfere with daily life for a period.
    I do agree that lazy parents and teachers probably use it as a go-to excuse for their more difficult kids-and would rather drug them than put the effort in to teach them discipline to overcome this.
    There’s prolly not a lot of ADD-ADHD guys on meds in the NFL, because I think they’d either have overcome it themselves through resolve and discipline or have developed a long term habit of taking the easy way out and not fighting harder, which would make them long odds for Pro Football.

  63. belicheckyoself says: Dec 11, 2010 6:34 PM

    @ Deb
    “Adderall’s an amphetamine, not a narcotic. He wouldn’t get a buzz from it–just jittery. In patients with ADHD, it actually slows them down … makes them less hyper. If he doesn’t have ADHD, it would act like speed … or an appetite suppressant. But it wouldn’t be a fun recreational drug.”

    They don’t always have to be fun to be recreational.

  64. pats4everyall says: Dec 11, 2010 6:39 PM

    44kyle, you sir are a genius!
    Nice post

  65. umrguy42 says: Dec 11, 2010 7:04 PM

    @dumbaseinstien Count me in the chorus of those who have been (successfully, btw) treated for ADD using Adderall who are telling you to sit down, shut up, and think before you talk again about stuff you don’t get. Seriously.

    @Deb keeping the above in mind, I agree with you – I do think that in a number of cases, ADD *has* been overdiagnosed. And don’t forget parents who DO need to discipline their kids a bit more (although not necessarily by smacking them upside the head)….

  66. backindasaddle says: Dec 11, 2010 7:53 PM

    If he has ADHD and has a prescription for Adderall, then the NFL needs to re-evaluate the situation…and it’s policy all together.

    If he doesn’t have a formal diagnosis of ADHD and doesn’t a prescription for the Adderall, then he’s completely in the wrong and should do exactly what he’s doing….shut up and take your lumps. He’ll be back and rested for the playoffs.

  67. pftisbecominglame says: Dec 11, 2010 8:17 PM

    @ deb:

    Actually, the buzz off a 30mg XR is quite satisfying. I’ve never gotten so much done or needed sleep so little. It makes me want to smoke a lot, and I can’t eat anything and wouldn’t want to if I could. It’s pretty much the miracle drug. It combines weight loss with massive efficiency.

    Again, your spouting off at the mouth about something you PERSONALLY know nothing about. Unless you’ve taken it, which I doubt you EVER would given your holier-than-thou personality, then you’re full of sh!t. Not a surprise at all though.

    Now, go back to knitting…or stroking your rapist QB’s ego some more.

  68. j0esixpack says: Dec 11, 2010 10:40 PM

    In Spikes case I think he uses it to allow him to focus more and prevent himself from flying off the handle into a pre-psychotic rage on the field

    … so I’m all for him getting off it 4 weeks before the playoffs.

    It’s the other playoff-bound teams that are cursing Goodell… this should be interesting!

  69. unbreakable02215 says: Dec 11, 2010 11:11 PM

    Wow NFL. Is this what the shield stands for ? Suspending a guy for using is ADHD medication ?
    So what if its on a list. He has ADHD and he tries
    to deal with it with his meds.

    Not right NFL.

  70. phintastic says: Dec 12, 2010 12:08 AM

    @ pftisbecominglame ….

    Right on, bro!!!

  71. kappy32 says: Dec 12, 2010 12:26 AM

    Before sobriety, I used a lot of adderal & alcohol to stay up mny nights during a 5 day Vegas trip. It works just like cocaine & I can certainly see how it is a PED.

  72. hooterdawg says: Dec 12, 2010 12:51 AM

    Is this like the overtrained athlete syndrome? In this case, it is the over-focused athlete syndrome in an effort to understand the playbook…even college students take those drugs to do better on exams.

  73. Deb says: Dec 12, 2010 1:59 AM

    @brooklynsjetsfan …

    Noooo. Saturday is Wii Dance Parties.

    @belicheckyoself …

    No-fun recreation? Ooookay ;)

    @pftisbecominglame …

    Actually, Lame (good name for you), I’m the one always telling wet-behind-the-ears jerks like you stop judging people you don’t know. So save the holier-than-thou garbage for someone else.

    Sandwiched in with my nearly 30 surgeries were a lot of medication experiments. I’ve spent most of my life getting by on little sleep, so I don’t find that terribly impressive. My brief Adderall adventure was forgettable. Buzz? To a woman who’s been prescribed every narcotic from oxycontin to oxycodone to morphine … adderall isn’t much of one.

    I’m afraid I don’t know a rapist QB and stroking isn’t my function. But based on your completely uncalled for, rude, and smarmy post to me, I’d say you’re quite the wanker.

  74. xli2006 says: Dec 12, 2010 3:22 AM

    Sign of the times huh…

    That “ADHD Medicine” is Adderall, which is a Pharma-name for Amphetamine (which of course is most commonly known as “Speed”).

    Brandon Spikes failed a drug test for Speed, essentially.

    It’s really not that big a deal, but it is a Performance Enhancer.

  75. laxer37 says: Dec 12, 2010 7:50 AM

    “Brandon Spikes’ positive test for ADHD medicine”

    ——————————————–

    When informed of his positive test Brandon said “Can you repeat that, I wasn’t paying attention”

  76. sdw2001 says: Dec 12, 2010 8:41 AM

    shivablast says:
    Dec 11, 2010 1:12 PM
    Of course it’s great that it’s not steroids… but if used properly (or improperly, I suppose), ADHD medication can have the same effects as cocaine.

    —-Not unless you take 10x the normal dosage, friend.

  77. jecates says: Dec 12, 2010 9:31 AM

    Wow, 70+ responses that all say the NFL is wrong for banning him for using ADHD medicine. You jackwads apparently don’t know or care that it’s only a Pats sportswriter who said that, and presumably got his info directly from Spikes’ agent, since THE NFL WON’T EVER RELEASE THE SPECIFIC SUBSTANCE THAT WAS A VIOLATION OF THE POLICY.

    I didn’t buy Cushing’s excuses, and I don’t buy Spikes’.

  78. tominma says: Dec 12, 2010 12:57 PM

    This suspension should never have happened. Adderall is NOT simply “speed” Nor does the typical dose have the same effects as “speed”. One has to take more that the usually prescribed dosage for it to have the same effects as “speed”. It would be easy to test for the level of the banned chemical in players with ADHD. Exceeding that level would be grounds for suspension.

  79. bkrsrb says: Dec 13, 2010 4:45 AM

    I am amazed at how many of you think your specialists with degrees in the field of psychology.
    I have ADHD as do many people. I am sixty two and have had this since I was about 3 but like so many never knew about the terminology.
    Spikes did get screwed but that seems to be the way that the NFL does things these days. They act and then never think about it. Or is it they just never think and do whatever they want. One way or the other this was a travesty.

    As for this disease not being real….. Sometimes it is easier to spout off about what you don’t know to cover up what you don’t know but in any case your dead wrong.
    I have never heard so many people cry foul because the Pats beat their teams. We are now the youngest team in the league and it still makes no difference we are still the best. Can’t deal with that…………..too bad.

  80. sorrypats says: Dec 13, 2010 2:58 PM

    Can’t you people tell that almost all the Pats are using some type of amphetamine. The ADHD is just a cover for the actual amphetamine. Since the Kansas game the Pats have been completely jacked.
    The NFL is becoming the “best drugs win” league.
    The Steelers and the Ravens are the biggest steroid user. A lot of the teams use growth hormone, it helps in recovery. Let’s see if they have the guts enough to leave the truth out for everyone to see.

  81. tominma says: Dec 13, 2010 5:35 PM

    sorrypats: Kansas game?? Have the Pats been drugged for the last 10 years? Getting “jacked” doesnt help with interceptions, passing or kicking. This isnt to say there isnt a PED problem in the NFL. I dont think this suspension should have happened!

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  83. bkrsrb says: Dec 14, 2010 6:08 AM

    What is it with some of you people? ADHD is real. It is not a joke and severe enough can impair you for life. I take the same meds and they work. Without them i am a true scatter brain. Well that’s pretty much true anyway, but, Spikes stood up and took it like the pro he is. As for the whole team, grow up folks. A few of you would declare them Satan’s spawn if you could get away with it.

    Look I love the Pats, some of you don’t. So be it and so what. It is the love of the game, no the team of the game. If you do not like the Pats fine. Just try to be realistic and really, try to be clear and not use such obscure terms and remarks as to make yourselves appear foolish. It’s much easier to cheer on your team and be passionate. Just don’t be stupid. I know how dare I. Well as one actor once said, “stupid id as stupid does. Run Forrest, Run!

  84. tednancy says: Dec 15, 2010 1:10 PM

    I think we can read between the lines here and conclude that although Spikes may claim to have had a legitimate reason for taking adderall, its highly unlikely that he also had a legitimate prescription for it. If he did have a script, his agent would be screaming that fact from every mountaintop from Foxboro to Finland.

    In addition, those of you who claim that adderall is not a drug of abuse are naive. Not only is it highly addictive, it has the same effect on the brain and body as cocaine, and does not require a very high dose – nor for that matter does it necessarily need to be crushed, snorted etc. – to have these effects. While adderall certainly helps those with severe ADHD, it also “helps” those who wish to gain a competitive edge in academia and in athletics.

    Last, those of you who claim that the drug does not induce a “high” are patently incorrect. Adderall is an amphetamine, and as such it stimulates the production and retention of dopamine, which is one of the main “pleasure” neurotransmitters in the human brain.

    That fact that Spikes appears to have acknowledged that he took an amphetimine without simultaneously claiming that he had a legitimate prescription for it seems to validate the decision by the NFL to suspend him for four games.

    If I were Belichick or Kraft, I would be watching Spikes very closely from this day forward. Adderall abuse can lead very easily to addiction and dependency, and could not only short circuit Spikes’ career, but also ruin his life.

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