Abusing Prescription Drugs the Wrong Way to Success
Our American culture sets a big emphasis on education, high GPAs, and outstanding business performance in the professional environment. In order to excel, there is so much pressure and expectation that college students today are more vulnerable to experiment and get hooked on smart drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, and Modafilin. College students are not taking these drugs to get high but to increase their concentration, energy, and time for studying. Smart drugs must not be used in college environments or in a place of business if the doctor does not prescribe them. These drugs are not designed for non-therapeutic use. Un-prescribed use of prescription medication is illegal and could lead to imprisonment. These smart drugs students and professionals experiment with are Schedule Two narcotics that are highly addictive and can lead to many health problems. Besides the fact that they are addictive and harmful to un-prescribed users, they give the user an unfair advantage during exams. The most common prescription smart drugs are Ritalin (methylphenidate) and Adderall (amphetamine), also known as stimulants and uppers, among other names. These drugs are prescribed to people for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. There are hundreds of thousands of people who are diagnosed with ADHD and narcolepsy. They need these drugs to live normal lives and to participate effectively in classroom and office settings, giving them the focus needed to follow rules and regulations and to remain seated for longer periods of time (Jacobs). Tanya Pecorari states in her article “Adderall: Worst Enemy or Best Friend?” that over twenty percent of college students have used prescription drug stimulants as a studying aid without a prescription. Pecorari also wrote that “Not only is having possession of Adderall without a prescription a felony, but selling Adderall whether or not you personally have...
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