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New warning about ‘study drugs’

By Tim Sandle     Oct 29, 2013 in Health
A new warning has been issued about the dangers of taking prescription medicines as ‘study drugs’, to enable students to stay up late and cram for examinations.
Students who take powerful prescription medicines whist studying can easily become hooked on the medications and can carry this addiction into adulthood. Many of the drugs taken are not intended to help people to think and act faster; one of the popular study drugs taken is one intended for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a disorder marked by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity.
The types of drugs taken include Adderall, which is a stimulant commonly prescribed for the treatment of ADHD. The drug is sold under the brand names of Vyvanse, Ritalin and Concerta.
The new concerns about the extent of ‘study drug’ misuse come in a report for the website Student Science. A startling statistic revealed comes from a 2013 U.S. national poll by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan found that 1 in 10 high school sophomores and more than 1 in 8 high school seniors have used a prescription drug to help them study.
The report highlights the fact that medications such as Adderall can be dangerous when used inappropriately. The major issue is that they create a dependency, where the brain comes to rely on them in order to function properly.
There is also a difficulty when attempting to come off such drugs and professional help is often required. When people try to stop using ADHD drugs, they may experience extreme mood swings and behave strangely or unpredictably.
The report is designed to act as a warning to parents and children. Here the difficulty will be with getting the message out there and in getting those students who might be tempted to take ‘study drugs’ to listen and appreciate what parents and those in authority are saying, when they might well be attempted to rebel – this isn’t an easy task.
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