You may know the name if you are a stock car racing fan. Mayfield is a former NASCAR driver who is currently battling NASCAR in a lawsuit over his suspension from the organization for allegedly failing a random drug test—testing which, it has been reported, is standard practice in NASCAR.
However, in his lawsuit, Mayfield asserts that NASCAR's testing system is flawed. The plaintiff also alleges that his positive test was the result of a combination of over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medication he had been taking (identified as Claritin-D) in combination with Adderall ADHD medication.
The Associated Press (AP) reported on February 21 that Mayfield is suing NASCAR, as well as NASCAR owner Brian Zachary France, and the drug testing company used by NASCAR for defamation, unfair and deceptive trade practices, and breach of contract and negligence.
Adderall is an oft-prescribed medication taken by children and adults alike to combat the effects of ADHD. However, there have been reports of Adderall heart attack and other serious adverse reactions across all demographics. Various reports suggest that Adderall is over-prescribed—especially to children—and that the medication carries little to no benefit except for extreme cases.
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As for Mayfield, The Mecklenburg Times (2/24/12) reports that the former NASCAR star is facing problems of his own, including charges of possessing furniture and other items from businesses, and obtaining property under false pretense. He was also charged with possession of 1.5 grams of methamphetamine. He owes back taxes on various properties and foreclosure proceedings have commenced, according to the newspaper.
Mayfield, who has reportedly never had an Adderall heart problem, failed his random drug test in 2009. He owes property taxes dating back to that date. While it can't be said what role Adderall has had on Mayfield's current troubles, the effects of Adderall are in the mix nonetheless.