My 20 year old niece called me last night to ask me a medical question (I'm an RN). She was afraid she was dehydrated, and was asking me how to treat it. Through the converstaion she admitted to me she had been awake for 3 days straight because of tests and papers. She said she had been taking Adderall, or a type of Adderall, for three days. She is not sure of the name of the medication, or the the dosage of the medication. Someone just gave her the medication, she does not have a prescription for it. She says she only uses it when she has a lot to do, i.e. tests and papers. At this point I don't think she has an addiction, but I am 3 hours away, and I don't see her very often. My concern is the potential for addiction. As her aunt, what can I do? Is there a good way to approach this situation to prevent an addiction, or do I sit quietly, hoping and praying that she comes out of this unharmed? She has already been arrested for public intoxication, and admitted to me smoking marijuana in high school. As far as "illegal" drugs, harder than marijuana, I don't know if she has used any, but at this point would not be surprised. After talking with her, I found out (through FaceBook) she babysat a family friend's 5 year old daughter during the middle of her 3 day drug induced, sleep deprivation escapaed. Which means, she is also driving. I need help knowing how to handle this situation. Thank you in advance for you input.
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