Study drugs are any drug that is used to increase test scores. These drugs have become incredibly popular in the recent years as students strive for perfection. The nature of our world pushes students to their limits, which makes them deathly afraid of failure. The competition that our society has created in schools has lead students to believe they must do whatever is necessary to get ahead. Sadly, there is a saying in competition that rings too clear of how we operate: if you ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’. This saying has not been used more than in the recent months as trials concerning ‘deflategate’ have continued to plague the National Football team the Patriots. If this saying is true in America, then students are not trying hard enough in school unless they are cheating their way to the top. Americans like to believe of themselves as the scrappy group of go-getters that work hard for what they achieve: real blue collar society. The truth is less noble.

What are Study Drugs?

Students feeling the pressure and stress of exams, high school and college have been turning to a dangerous practice. Students have been taking medications used for Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. These drugs are central nervous system stimulants that help those with these disorders focus. A decade ago they were considered the sit-still-in-school-drug. Students without these disorders feel heightened energy and increased focus. Many believe that the drug helps them to stay up and focused longer, which will better their study habits. The recreational use of these drugs is incredibly dangerous. They do not realize how dangerous the drug is because they see it the way the Federal Drug Agency does; it is safe for public consumption. In reality, it is only safe for those suffering from those disorders. Even in these cases it is not safe to take the drug for extended periods of time.

Physical Effects of Adderall Abuse

Since this drug is taken by individuals of all ages, college students believe them to be safe. The drug helps increase the release of neurotransmitters in the brain dopamine and norepinephrine. These transmitters increase energy, attention and alertness. Those who take these drugs can get a sensation that is not too dissimilar from cocaine. Even when these drugs are taken in the short term as prescribed they can cause a number of negative side effects. Individuals may experience weight loss and lack of an appetite. Abuse of this drug can be caused by individuals attempting to lose excessive amounts of weight in an unhealthy way. These drugs can also cause restlessness, irritability, trouble sleeping and some potentially dangerous cardiac issues. The heart problems that Adderall abuse can develop into serious, life-threatening issues. Adderall causes irregular heart rhythm and high blood pressure. It can also lead to headaches, dry mouth and further trouble sleeping. Adderall can also cause physical dependence. The more and more an individual takes the drug the higher their tolerance is to that drug. To achieve the desired effects of the drug they must increase their dosage and frequency of taking the drugs. Adderall abuse can lead to severe jitters or ticks. Withdrawal from this drug can be very uncomfortable.

Getting Help

A national survey found that over 80% of college students have admitted to using and abusing this drug. If you or someone you know is abusing Adderall you should speak with a professional. This drug is much more dangerous than the public is aware of and addictive. There are several hotlines to call for help and most college campuses have guidance for these situations. Reach out to a friend, teacher or specialized help center at school if you are abusing Adderall.