A new wave of drugs could be leading to addiction in our high school and college students. These drugs of choice are referred to as “study aids”. Stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta are being abused because they allow the students to be more alert, pay better attention and stay awake longer. These drugs, however, can lead to some dangerous side effects like high blood pressure, heart complications and in some instances even death. An article from Bestmastersineducation.com has more:
Students Study Aids Leading to Addiction?
The most highly abused prescription drugs among college students are:
Stimulants: Ritalin, Adderall, and Concerta are used primarily to treat attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy (a sleep disorder). They speed up brain activity causing increased alertness, attention, and energy that come with elevated blood pressure, increased heart rate and breathing
Reasons for Misusing or Abusing Prescription Drugs
– Improve their grades
– Concentrate more in class and maintain focus during late-night study sessions
– Reduce stress
– Feel good/get high
– Ease nervousness in social scene / partying
– Enhance athletic performance
– Forget about problems
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As shown in the article, substance abuse does not have to be limited to recreational usage. This, however, does not make it any less dangerous. Substance abuse counselors need to prepare themselves for any drug use that has the potential to lead to addiction.
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