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The “Study Drug”



The article below was written by a college student. We thought it was beneficial to share with the community. 

            While studies show a rise in prescription drug abuse of controlled stimulants, such as Adderall® and Ritalin®, few are aware of the dangers that could result.

            The abuse of these stimulants, methylphenidates, in colleges has increased by 93 percent from 1993 to 2005, according to The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. This growth was attributed to various causes, including stress and social influences. Although no research has been found to link the abuse of these drugs with academic performance, many students believe improved efficiency and performance will result.

            The New York State Law declares that the possession of a controlled substance without a valid prescription can result in a misdemeanor or a felony. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Adderall® and Ritalin® are labeled as Class 2 controlled substances, among cocaine and morphine. This means they have a high risk for abuse and physical dependence.

            Many college students are unknowingly risking their health. The side effects of these drugs include increased blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. If the drug is taken for an extended period of time it can lead to hostile and paranoid feelings or even a stroke.

            A survey from Columbia University reveals that students more often acquire these drugs from prescribed friends, rather than dealers. More than half of the students surveyed believe that prescription “study drug” abuse is a problem at their college.