Thursday, April 9, 2009

Harmful Illicit Use of Prescription Drugs

Many students have a hard time with studying and focusing in classes from day to day. Some students just deal realizing that they are going to have to study harder for the next class. There are some students though that have discovered prescriptions that they believe aide their ability to focus. Some of which may help them stay awake. These drugs however are normally prescribed to assist people diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Ritalin being a prescription that is very available is also prescribed for narcolepsy. Ritalin is one of the most commonly illicitly used prescriptions because of what it is used for, to help people stay awake and to help people focus better.
Many students have been surveyed about the use of illicit drugs many have shown shocking results. On campuses students use to just simply drink crazy amounts of coffee and take caffeine pills. Now students are taking prescription that are not prescribed to them to stay awake and study. The effects of these prescriptions are endless. Taking these drugs interrupts sleep even after they have begun to wear-off. Interrupted sleep is only one of the many side effects that can harm a students health. Digestive problems, twitching, paranoia, and overdosing are a few more. Staying awake to study can be hard but why go through all the pain and side effects that are possible when coffee and energy drinks will do the same thing?
Being healthy is important these drugs can cause major complications helping to stop this drug abuse is going to take more than one person to stand up and say stop. Seeing students who are so worried about their grades that they go to these extents has effected many students. Using drugs that aren't prescribed for that individual is very dangerous. To stop this we must take a stand and show students our concern and help them find better ways to get better grades.

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