Drugs Used as Study Aides by Pressured College Students In more recent years it has become very popular and common for college students and high school students alike to rely on drug substances as study aides to try and help get them through their exams and tests. There has been some false data recently put out that certain drug substances and chemicals really can help individuals study better or be better at taking tests. This is not actually true of course. In fact, if anything drugs make it more difficult to study as one is then trying to study while high on whatever drug substance or chemical that he or she is currently taking. By far the most commonly used drug for, “study aide” purposes is Ritalin. Ritalin is also called kiddie coke because it is very similar to cocaine in the effects that it creates and the highs that is produces. Listed below are just a few statistics on the prevalence of Ritalin use and abuse in the United States: • By the year 2006, nearly 7 million Americans abused prescription drugs, (including Ritalin), more than the number who abused cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, Ecstasy and inhalants combined. That 7 million was just 3.8 million in 2000, showcasing an eighty percent increase in only six short years. • In the year of 2007, an alarming four percent of twelfth graders and fifteen percent of college students reported having used Ritalin without a prescription at least once in the past year as a supposed, “study aide”. • A major factor contributing to the abuse is the huge increase in the number of prescriptions written for Ritalin and other stimulants by American doctors and psychiatrists. • In the United States, the number of stimulant prescriptions soared from around 5 million in the year 1991 to nearly 35 million in the year 2007. • In the year 2004, methylphenidate, (Ritalin), was involved in an estimated 3,601 hospital emergency department visits, compared to only 271 in 1990. Ritalin is very easy to overdose on, and as it is usually young adults that this happens to it is sad but true that this occurrence happens quite frequently in the United States. • From the time period of 1990 to 2000, 186 deaths in the United States were linked to the drug Ritalin. The risk is highest for those who snort large amounts of the drug rather than swallowing it orally. • Since the year 1995, Ritalin has ranked on the Drug Enforcement Administration’s list of “most-stolen” medications. Indiana’s Drug Addiction Crisis: Many Young Adults Using Prescription Drugs as Study Aides As college students across the country crammed for their finals recently, many of course turned to the use of “study drugs” to get through the stresses of exams. Indiana in particular saw a lot of troubles with college students who were obviously abusing drugs on campus to try and get through finals. Prescription drugs such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Vyvanse are stimulants that are frequently prescribed to treat those diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, (ADHD). In some ways these drugs can apparently be beneficial, but if they are ever used for a purpose other than what they are intended for then the issue becomes quite serious indeed. In fact, it is illegal to use the drugs for abusive purposes, and the consequences of such abuses is never good at all. Often referred to as “study” or “focus drugs,” the misuse or abuse of these prescription stimulants have become commonplace for students during the school year and even not during school seasons too. Indiana for the last several years has seen a gradually increasing trend in student pill abuse, and 2015 was the worst year yet. In fact, according to the Center on Young Adult Health and Development, nearly one-third of college students in Indiana have participated in the misuse of stimulant prescription drugs at least once while attending college there. The key to battling against drug abuse is of course to get educated on just what one is really subjecting his or her body to. In this way, one can actually finally get the true data on what exactly he or she is putting in his or her body and the effects that that substance can have on his or her body. Only in this way can one really find a real recovery from any degree of drug abuse, and this, along with rehabilitation of course, will be the way that Indiana goes about helping their residents to beat addiction once and for all.