College students today are faced with many challenges to perform their best. The National Study on Drug Use and Health found that 3.4% of college students used a stimulant in the past month for non-medical reasons. I personally believe the number is much higher than that. The prevalence of stimulants around college campus is way too easy to come around. Students pop these pills like candy to focus and do their studies. Many students think this drug is safe to use because it was prescribed by a doctor to someone, so who could possibly become addicted? This is not the case. Adderall and many other ADHD medications like Vyvance and Focalin are very addicting. Long term abuse can lead to brain damage as the brain stops producing neurotransmitters necessary to control aggression and emotions, which in turn, can lead to depression.
I think there are many college students who have been taking these medicines just to study or to stay awake. I think there is a lot of pressure on students to get perfect grades and higher grade point averages. So many students want to go on to getting their masters and in order to do that they need those things and I think it is societies fault less than the students.ReplyDelete
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