Use of ‘study drugs’ on the rise

WICHITA, Kan. — As the end of the school year is quickly approaching, many college students will be cramming for their finals.

Some of these students might look for a little bit of an edge to help them focus more on their studies.

“It kind of numbs you from the perception around you,” said Edwards.

Wichita State University pre-med student Nate Edwards says when it comes to studying, he needs a little bit of a boost. To help him out, he turns to Concerta, an ADHD prescription based drug.

“After the drug takes effect I feel like distractions around me aren’t hindering me from being able to study,” said Edwards.

Concerta, along with other prescriptions like Adderall and Ritalin are taking college campuses by storm. The problem is around 30 percent of the users of these study drugs either aren’t prescribed the drug or don’t necessarily need it at all.

Mark Green, the Prevention Services Coordinator with Wichita State says it is a practice that can negatively affect your health.

“In terms of raising the heart rate, you can run into concerns with different heart arrhythmia or other irregularities,” said Green.

Green says while it has adverse effects on the body physically, it can also pose some neurological problems.

“Where you are introducing this stimulant drug, the brain is going to do certain things to counteract that, which then in the absence of the drug are going to have some lasting effects,” said Green.

The use can possibly lead to dependency when taking these sort of prescriptions. Regardless, students like Edwards say the rewards of these study drugs outweigh the dangers.

“I’ve definitely noticed my grades improve with the dosage I take, it’s a small dosage,” said Edwards.

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