Pharmaceuticals Anonymous

Friday, June 13, 2008

Students relying on Ritalin at College: Generation Rx

Graduation is one of the most exciting events students have to look forward to this time of year. Before they can take the big walk in cap and gown for a diploma, they have to suffer through a rite of passage with which every student is familiar: finals week.

Cramming for those last few papers and exams can mean pulling all-nighters with lots of caffeine. But, rather than starting another pot of coffee, today's students are getting a much more efficient – and dangerous – push toward the finish line.

Since the debut of Ritalin, reliance on prescription analeptics, a class of amphetamines that is used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, has become as commonplace as the traditional cup of strong coffee, according to an article by the New York Times.

As many as 20 percent of college students have used Ritalin or Adderall to study, write papers and take exams when the going gets tough, turning students with legitimate prescriptions into small-time campus drug dealers.

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