By: Bethany Winkel
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Saying No to Study Drugs
It’s almost crunch time; time when high school and college students are faced with tough final exams, some of which will greatly influence their grade for the semester. This is a time of great pressure for many young adults, and many will turn to study drugs to help them through. This is a dangerous trend, however, and can quickly lead to addiction.
Study drugs are usually stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin. They were developed as medications to manage things like Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). When abused as study drugs, the medications help the person focus, and give them energy so they can stay up all night studying. Many young people justify the fact that they are taking the drugs because they are using them to do better in school. But using any prescription drugs without the care of a doctor or other than they were intended can lead to some serious consequences.
Ask any college student and they will tell you where you can get some study drugs. These medications are commonplace in schools and on campuses because so many young people are prescribed the drugs for attention disorders. They can make a great deal of money selling their medications to other students.
The problem with study drugs is they can cause side effects like restlessness, increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, nervousness, and insomnia. They also can give the user a feeling of euphoria, which leads to a crash and feelings of depression and anxiety when the drugs wear off. They can also lead to dependence and other types of substance addiction.
Parents, talk to your child about the dangers of study drugs. Be aware of the stress your child is under and help them find healthy ways to manage that stress. Eating right, getting plenty of sleep, and cutting out extra activities will help. Above all, instill in your child the understanding that medications are to be taken only as directed, and not shared or sold.
Read real stories about college students here whose lives were changed because of using study drugs.