The misuse of prescription stimulants (e.g. Adderall©, Ritalin©) in the college population has received an increase in media coverage.
Although students tend to minimize the threats to health posed by this behavior, the reality is that there is a risk of adverse side effects when using any prescription drug, including prescription stimulants:
- Not prescribed to you. In addition, this action is classified as a felony.
- For nonmedical reasons. For example, students sometimes use prescription stimulants to improve focus and concentration and/or to stay awake to study. As an alernative, check out healthy study tips and academic support resources.
- In excess of what has been prescribed by a health care provider. Remember that the dosage you have been prescribed is based on a decision made between you and your health care provider, so exceeding the prescribed dosage is unsafe.
- In an unintended manner. For example, a medication intended to be used orally can be highly dangerous if taken any other way.
- Read about a study on prescription stimulant misuse at UC Berkeley
- Learn about Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Seek support from Social Services if you are concerned about your own use or the use of a friend
- Protect your medications from misuse as recommended in Mind Your Meds
- Look into prescription drug abuse via the Medicine Abuse Project