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The New College Student Drug of Choice is Adderall

College life may be a fun and exciting adventure to look forward to, but it’s far from the easiest stage in life. The average college student must learn strong multitasking and time management skills in order to keep up with tests, assigned readings, papers and projects all while working a part-time job in order to pay for bills, gas and groceries.

There are many techniques a college student can employ in order to handle today’s fast-past lifestyle; for example, study groups can be extremely beneficial for cutting down on work load. But there’s another aid students are getting their hands on, and it’s called the “The College Study Drug,” also known as Adderall.  The following is an infographic from LearnStuff.com with statistics concerning the drug.

Adderall is a prescription drug used to treat those who have been diagnosed with ADHD. It helps those who have issues with concentrating to tune into the task at hand.

So what’s the problem? The prescription drug is being abused by millions of college students across campuses all over the country. It’s been found that Adderall can be as addictive as cocaine and meth, and not all of those taking the drug actually have a prescription for it.

Another major issue is the drinking problem for those taking the drug. Nine out of 10 students who are illegally consuming Adderall are also binge drinking. In addition, it’s been found that abusive Adderall takers are more likely to to abuse other drugs as well.

Below is a list of statistics regarding the abuse of “The College Study Drug.”

  • Since 2007, prescriptions for ADHD have risen 26%
  • 8% of American children have ADHD
  • 7 million students are abusing their ADHD treatments
  • Emergency calls about students misusing ADHD drugs are up 76% since 2011
  • 12% of high school seniors, 40% of college students, and 50% juniors and seniors have used a prescription stimulant

By sharing alarming findings such as these, we can inform college students about the dangers of Adderall and other addictive drugs. In doing so, hopefully they will stray far from their path and toward healthy habits instead.

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High School Students Arrested for Selling Drugs to Police

handcuffs on white backgroundIf you are a Drew Barrymore fan like me, you’ve seen her movie, Never Been Kissed. If not, then let me give you a quick breakdown of the movie: a woman in her 20s goes back to high school, poses as a teenager, and gets to know the students. It’s a cute movie, but I always thought it seemed a little unrealistic. However, after ten high school students were arrested last week by an undercover police officer who had been posing as a fellow student for four months, I guess it seems a little bit more realistic to me now.

On January 11, 2012, 10 students from Angleton High in Texas were arrested for selling prescription drugs and marijuana. They were discovered by an undercover police officer who was pretending to be a fellow student. The police department will not say whether the undercover officer was male or female, but that he/she is “very young looking.”

“Basically the school district reached out to us,” said Lt. Chris Reioux, head of the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office narcotics division. “We provided the undercover officer and funded the operation and they took care of getting the officer enrolled in the school.”

Five of the students who were arrested are over 18, while the other five will be face charges as juveniles. Their names have not been released yet. Two former students were also arrested. There have been 28 separate charges filed against these people related to selling drugs to the undercover officer.

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College Students Using Adderall to Study for Exams

It used to be that when a student had a test or a paper coming up, he would start preparing for it weeks in advance. He would find motivation to study from within by wanting to do well in a class, and that motivation alone would be enough to help him stay concentrated and driven during his study sessions.

Flash forward to 2011, and there’s a new factor in students’ studying habits. It’s not what every student does, but many do, include Jared Gabay, a senior at Auburn University. What could this new factor be? Gabay and many other students use a “study drug” to give them a little extra study boost.

“I’m more driven,” said Gabay about how he feels when he takes Adderall, a prescription drug that was created to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. “I don’t focus on anything else [except my studies when I have taken an Adderall]. If I have a paper, that’s all I’m doing. No distractions, no socializing, just on with it.”

Many students on campuses across the nation are using Adderall and other ADHD medications, such as Ritalin, to help them study.

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Colleges Becoming More Aware of Prescription Drug Abuse

Drug and alcohol use have been synonymous with the college experience for decades. Binge drinking and recreational drug use are the behaviors that typically come to mind with college students but recent studies suggest prescription drug abuse is a rising problem on most college campuses.

Health surveys administered by colleges to their students are showing evidence regarding a rising trend of students using prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. The problem facing intervention efforts is the classification of drug use, according to students. The majority of students using prescription drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin report using the drugs not as social stimulants but as study aids for academic success.

Many students wanting to stay up and cram all night have been turning to stimulant drugs like Adderall. Students report a more effective level of focus when taking Adderall and feel more work is accomplished when on the drug. Surprisingly, no correlations have been found between taking Adderall and increased academic success. In fact, students who turn to stimulant drugs have lower grade point averages than other students and are more likely to skip college classes.

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Adderall to Blame for College Suicide

To over-achieving college students, the crazed study-drug Adderall may seem like the perfect solution to succeed, but recent reports say that Adderall may have been the cause of Kyle Craig’s suicide.

Kyle, who attended Vanderbilt University, took his life in May, when he stepped out in front of a passenger train. He was 21.

His family said they didn’t know he was suicidal. His father, Walter Craig, held back tears as he said these affectionate words:

“Kyle was confident, not arrogant,” he said. “He was bright, beautiful — a thrill a minute, focused, happy, achieving and social.” Read the rest of this entry »



The Best Studying Snacks to Fuel Your Brain

Snack Plate of PeanutsIt is no secret that America is suffering from an epidemic of unhealthy lifestyles, but now researchers are saying that not only will eating better improve your physical health, but possibly your I.Q. as well.

In a time when students are desperately abusing prescription medications like Adderall and Ritalin to increase their mental focus and processing during major study sessions, these same scientists are hoping that instead of popping pills, college students will incorporate these brain boosters into their diets. Read the rest of this entry »



Adderall, the Study Drug, Poses Serious Health Risks

adderallGrades are important, but for some overly ambitious students, they are more important than their health.

Adderall is a prescription drug that is prescribed for kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Now, the drug is being clandestinely used to improve grades on college campuses. Since the drug is known for its ability to promote concentration and focus, students desperate to get a winning edge in school are popping it in order to enhance their ability to retain knowledge, stay up later and work faster during study sessions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 23 percent of young people admitted to abusing prescription drugs, and Adderall was one of the most common. In fact, the drug is so common among college students that on campus it is commonly referred to as the “study drug.”

This medically-unsupervised method for taking this prescription medication has health and medical experts, as well as teachers and parents, extremely concerned over the pressure today’s students face while trying to succeed in school. Read the rest of this entry »





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