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Students Abuse Prescriptions For Better Grades

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Finals aren't too far away, which means it's crunch time for students. They have to retain a lot of information to succeed. Some of them might go to the extreme of using prescription ADHD medication that doesn't belong to them to better focus on their studies.

Raisha Meier, a nursing student, says she doesn't know anyone who doesn't have ADHD abusing medication as a study aid. She says she's not surprised. College is stressful. But she says it isn't worth it.

"You do your best," says Meier. "You try your best. You go to your teachers for help. You go to family/friends for help, like it's not worth gong to that point where you think you have to be alone"

BSC's recent CORE report says one of the most commonly reported drug uses on campus is prescription medications. Students say they get them through friends.

A fact that doesn't sit well with doctors.

"I'm the one that tells you whether or not it's safe, or your physician sill be the one that tells you whether or not it's safe. Whether or not you know it, you could be abusing it," says Jessica Carlson of Sanford.

According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health report, Adderall and Ritalin are the most commonly abused drugs.

BSC teachers say taking prescription medication won't help.

"Take some time off and maybe decompress. Go golfing now that it's nice outside, take a walk outside, anything to kind of relieve the pressure they've put on themselves," says assistant professor Katrina Eberthart.

ADHD medications are stimulants that increase the amount of neurotransmitters. If the medication isn't monitored by a professional, doctors say it could cause a heart attack or even death.

Teachers and doctors stress that students shouldn't take ADHD medication from a friend, seek medical assistance. Not only are you putting your health at risk, it's also the health of the student that is diagnosed for the medication.

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