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Last week, the NY Times broke a story suggesting stimulant abuse among high school students was nearing an all-time high.
They alleged kids at high-pressure schools abuse Ritalin and Adderall to improve SAT scores, raise GPAs, and ultimately get into more competitive universities.
As alarming as this degree of prescription drug abuse seems, there is debate as to whether the Times’ numbers are entirely accurate or indicative of the population as a whole.
Regardless of the percentages, the dangers of misusing stimulants as "study boosters" is very real.
Kids who snort or overuse them could develop symptoms like depression, psychosis, and heart irregularities — and the long-term dangers of are still relatively unknown!
Students even admit these study stimulants occasionally act as gateway drugs — with painkillers and heroin possibly coming down the line!
We’re not sure there is an easy solution here but perhaps society is putting unrealistic pressure on its children to succeed at too young of an age!
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