The Truth About Study Drugs

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By: SUPE Editorial Team

Ritalin, Adderall, Vyvanse, Concerta, and other similar drugs have been a staple on college campuses for almost two decades. While many individuals are prescribed these drugs, there are just as many, if not more, who are using these drugs illegally.

Initially, these medications seem like a good idea to gain an edge in academics. Yet, there are significant dangers associated with these substances.

Why Do People Take Study Drugs?

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To be more focused

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To pull “all-nighters”

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To have more energy

Common Myths About Study Drugs

Study drugs do not boost academic performance or success. These drugs do not sharpen concentration, alertness, memory, and thinking skills.

Study drugs worsen short-term memory and leave a person jittery and distracted. There is no benefit to cognitive performance associated with stimulant drugs of any kind. 

Stimulant Drugs Are Addictive

Stimulant drugs are addictive because these drugs, whether prescription or illicit, increase the activity of the brain chemicals dopamine and norepinephrine. The misuse of these drugs leads to substance use disorder. Additionally, a person can become dependent and experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking these substances.

Prescriptions Aren’t Always Safe

Prescription stimulants are considered Schedule 2 drugs by the US Drug Enforcement Agency. These drugs have a strong potential for addiction and abuse.

The side effects of these drugs include:

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Irregular heartbeats and increased blood pressure

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Restlessness and anxiety

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Nervousness and paranoia

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Loss of appetite

Stimulant drugs also disrupt brain communication and, when taken in combination with other drugs, increase the risk of overdose.

Alternatives to Study Drugs

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Eating Healthy

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Proper Sleep

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Exercise

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Using a tutor or study-support options

Test Your Knowledge

The Truth About Study Drugs

Which of the following is an excellent substitute for taking study drugs?

There is a risk of overdose when study drugs are mixed with other drugs.

Study drugs boost academic performance or success.

What is the main reason people take study drugs?

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