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study drugsWith all of the pressure put on college students, it is no surprise that they are overwhelmed. Between going to class, collegiate sports, working to pay off the student loans, and coming home at 11 p.m. to study for the 8 a.m. test, how will they get it all done? Many of them drop out. Many of them have nervous break downs. And many of them turn to drugs.

Not the street drugs that are popular in media today. College students desperate to boost their energy, awareness, and efficiency were looking for something, anything to help. What they found was an affordable, sometimes free, supplement. “Smart drugs,” also called study drugs are used across the nation by college students to give them that boost they needed. Most commonly, they are prescribed for Attention Deficit and Hyperdecific Disorders. Many college students already have the prescription for this medication. Many do not. While it is a common stimulant, using it without a prescription can have multiple ramifications, not to mention is illegal.

Students were not seeking to abuse the drugs. Quite the contrary, in fact. Most of them just wanted a way to overcome their fatigue. Whereas coffee makes some people jittery, the ADHD medication gave them the edge and focus they needed to get their tasks done. The statistics are telling and yet not so telling. 87 percent of students say they are not taking study drugs, according to a study at the University of Texas. Yet, 50 percent of the students who do have prescriptions for ADD or ADHD have been asked to give out their prescription drugs. And the numbers climb daily.

The Department of Health issued an estimation on the use of prescription medications in 2011. 5 percent of people between ages of 18 and 25 use the drugs illegally. Though the number seems low, this is currently higher than the percentage of people using any specific street drug. The illegal use of prescription drugs by high school and college students is mostly unsupervised. As long as the students get their papers finished, no one is the wiser on how.

However, the use of these drugs do not come without their own risks. Besides the increased focus and ability to concentrate, the reason many students turn to the drugs for help, these drugs also increase blood pressure, heart rate, increases nervousness and can even cause insomnia. Experts say that those who do not have prescriptions, and therefore are not the ones to benefit the most from the use of these drugs, are the most at risk from drugs like this. They are more likely to crash when the drugs wear off because their bodies are not used to them. Hallucinations, paranoia, irritability, and impulsiveness do not even complete the list of the dangers. Not to mention the fact that taking drugs without a prescription is illegal. So, too, is passing out drugs to others (some accept pay for the drugs, which make them drug dealers in the eyes of the law). However, not taking the drug might guarantee failure on the tests or an incomplete on the homework. And so, the students take the risk in efforts to attain the greatest reward.

Through the short-term or long-term risks, such as addiction or eating disorders when taken in combination with other things (many college students take these study drugs and drink later that night), college students believe taking the drugs is worth the risk to get the grades they need to succeed. Is the answer education for college students on the effects of drugs, or a stricter policy in public schools about taking drugs? Should the education system issue random drug tests in order to ensure that their students are clean, or at least that only those who have prescriptions are using the drugs? Whatever needs to happen, the statistics keep climbing. There must be something done to address that.