Prescription drug abuse is now the leading cause of addiction in the United States. These drugs are being used at an alarming rate, but it should not come at a surprise. For the last several decades Americans have been treating their discomfort and/or any other issues they are having with a few small pills. Popping prescription medications like candy is a dangerous practice, which has now come back to haunt families across the nation. Exposure to prescription drugs has created an atmosphere that is accepting and encouraging the abuse of these drugs. The abuse has trickled down to young adults, who are now entering college with a predisposition to abusing drugs or with full-fledged addictions. The abuse of ‘study drugs’ is another issue that has come to light. Students are abusing drugs in an attempt to increase focus and in turn increase their grades. Succeeding without abusing study drugs is easy, but young adults must realize they do not need drugs to score higher on tests. Rather, they must understand that these drugs do not increase scores and how dangerous this practice could be. Study Drugs The stress to perform at a high level in college has pushed many young adults to use study drugs to increase test scores. Students have been taking medications used for Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder because the drugs are known to increase focus. These drugs are central nervous system stimulants that help those with these disorders focus. A decade ago they were considered the sit-still-in-school-drug and still are today, but are being prescribed at escalated rates. Students without these disorders, when they take the drug, experience heightened energy and increased focus. Many believe that the drug helps them to stay up and focused longer, which will better their study habits. The recreational use of these drugs is incredibly dangerous. They do not realize how dangerous the drug is because they see it the way the Federal Drug Agency does; it is safe for public consumption. In reality, it is only safe for those suffering from those disorders. Although, taking any medication for extended periods of time is dangerous. Recent studies have produced results that state students abusing study drugs are more likely to suffer from ADD or ADHD. It is not surprising to find out that students abusing study drugs are more likely to have co-occurring mental disorders because untreated ADD or ADHD leads to an increase risk or abusive/addictive behavior. Studies support findings that individuals whose ADD or ADHD is untreated are more likely to develop alcohol or drug abuse problems. In addition to these new findings relating to ADD, ADHD and other psychiatric disorders, the study found that prescription drug abusers are more likely to abuse immediate release stimulants and avoid the time release types. Proper Way to Increase Scores Increasing test scores and preventing substance abuse or addiction is simple; do not use drugs. Any student who is struggling in class can speak with their professor. Professors are there to help you succeed. They can refer you to their office hours for added help, suggest another students help who might be performing at a much higher level, or direct you to the campus tutoring center. Tutoring and counseling centers are available on all campuses with wide ranging hours of operation. Study drugs do not exist and they do not work. Using them is abusing them. The only way to true success is discovering the best way to study and ways to increase focus naturally. Taking a pill does not increase your I.Q. and will only lead to substance abuse, addiction, and lower scores. Addiction is a very serious issue in the United States and continues to rise. College students are becoming increasingly susceptible to substance abuse and addiction. They should stay clear of drugs because it can severely damage their future and studies. Anyone suffering from a study drug addiction should seek professional help immediately, which is provided on most American campuses. College counselors are available to any student who needs guidance. There are a variety of resources that students struggling with the rigors of college should try. Speaking with a counselor, preceptor or professor can easily clarify any confusion or provide positive insight on various college related issues. Students should find like-minded friends that will encourage and challenge them to perform at higher levels without drugs. Simply put, there are no statistics stating how study drugs increase scores. Natural focus, hard work and proper guidance are the keys to a successful school year.