Sadly, for many college students, the picture above isn't a joke.
Professor Alan DeSantis of the University of Kentucky has been tracking the use of non-prescribed ADHD drugs or "study drugs" by the student body and has turned up some alarming results.
Pills like Adderall or Ritalin are used by HALF of all juniors and seniors in college, and 30% of the entire student body.
Students have placed the risk of using the drug as "slightly more dangerous than the soft drink Mountain Dew and nowhere near as dangerous as drinking beer and smoking." The reality, however, is that taking ADHD drugs WITHOUT a diagnosis can cause "significant problems both in terms of thinking, mood problems, maybe even functionality."
Not only is a drug like Adderall habit forming, but the federal government lists it as a schedule II drug, meaning it has "the highest abuse potential and dependence profile of all drugs that have medical utility."
Students seem oblivious to the risks and insist taking the drugs help their performance. Believe it or not, they aren't alone either.
Some scientists advocate legalizing "safe and effective" cognitive enhancement drugs, citing that the "new methods of improving our brain function…will benefit both the individual and society."
We learned a long time ago (was it kindergarten) that you should NEVER take someone else's prescriptions and we'll stick by that!
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