Monday, May 21, 2007

Some College Students Get Wired to Study

Many Students Have Found Adderall May Be Key to Help Cram for Finals


Some college students can't handle the pressure of studying for big tests like their final exams and need a little extra boost. A few of those students have found that boost can come from prescription pills and will do anything they can to get their hands on a few to survive finals week each year.

"My friend actually introduced it to me my freshman year of college during finals week, because I was stressing out like normal," a student who asked not to be named told Omaha's KETV News.

Many students have found that they can get an extra kick to prepare for tests by taking the drug Adderall.Adderall is the pill form of an amphetamine intended to help people with an attention deficit disorder focus in the classroom.

"If you start dabbling with these types of things, you're running a risk, and it is a risk every time you try it," a drug counselor told the TV station.

The National Institute of drug abuse said students who attend more competitive colleges are even more likely to use the drug."When I had known a lot of people that had taken it before and they had no side effects and it had helped them, I feel like the pressures and doing well on tests kind of outweighed that I'm taking an illegal drug," the unnamed student said.