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They're commonly called "smart drugs" or "study drugs." Scientists call them "cognitive enhancers." Drugs like Adderall and Ritalin, generally prescribed for attention-deficit disorder, are increasingly being used by college students to help them study despite serious side effects, researchers say.




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Adderall, nicknamed "Addy" by students, is the most popular study drug on college campuses around the country, according to scientists. Students say the drug boosts cognitive function and enables them to study for hours with full concentration without getting fatigued.


One student says she took her first Adderall during her freshman year when she was cramming for tests. She and other students asked that their names not be used because using or selling these drugs without a prescription is a felony.


Popping an "Addy" made her feel motivated, eager to hit the books. "When I was sitting down to study, I wouldn't be restless. I wouldn't be thinking about the TV or listening to music. I would just be completely channeled into what I was doing," she says. "I was very focused."


And Adderall didn't make her feel jittery or anxious, like when she drank strong coffee. "I functioned very, very well under it. Anything I did was productive. It was a perfect kind of transition into a study mentality, and I could keep that up for hours," she says.


They say the main source for the drugs are students who have prescriptions to treat their attention-deficit disorder. One such student says he has been on Adderall for his ADD since high school. Now a college senior, he's still getting his prescription for 60 pills a month. He's supposed to take two pills a day but says he doesn't like taking the medicine unless he has to pull an all-nighter. So he has more pills than he needs.


Although Adderall and Ritalin might sound like wonder drugs that can help students study for hours, the drugs are amphetamine-based. That means they can be habit-forming, according to Martha J. Farah, director at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania.


Farah has studied the use of Adderall and Ritalin on college campuses and collaborated on writing a recent commentary in the journal Nature. In the article, Farah describes a college survey in which as many as 25 percent of students on some college campuses have used these study drugs in the past year. She says she understands the drugs' appeal because they do measurably increase concentration and motivation. This is what makes studying for hours on end, or any kind of intellectual work, more engrossing and more rewarding.


Scientists have found the drugs increase the brain chemical dopamine. And as they target the brain's reward center, Farah says, there can be trouble. "These are serious drugs with serious side effects," such as severe sleep deprivation and rare heart problems, she says. But most importantly, she says, the drugs can be addictive.


The term "study drugs" refers to prescription drugs used to increase concentration and stamina for the purpose of studying or cramming. Study drugs are prescription stimulant medications that are used improperly by a person with a prescription, or more often, illegally by a person without a prescription. These medications are used to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which affect attention span, impulse control, self-discipline, and hyperactivity in the case of ADHD.


Prescription stimulants used to treat ADD and ADHD include Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, and Focalin. Using or buying these medications without a prescription is illegal. Selling your own prescription is also illegal. UCSC Police Department, Student Judicial Affairs and the City of Santa Cruz Police Department treat illegal use of prescription drugs as they would any other illegal substance.


The misuse of prescription drugs, especially study drugs, is a growing problem on college campuses. Some students feel like everyone they know is using study drugs, and they feel pressured to use or to 'catch up' with peers. A recent UCSC survey found that the majority (87%) of students do not use study drugs. Many Slugs choose to 'study natural'.


Some students may feel like study drugs and cramming are their only options for success. There are a number of resources on campus to help you deal with academic and more generalized stress. Visit the Academic Resource Center for tutoring, study strategies, and help with time management skills. Visit Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) for help dealing with stress and anxiety.


Buying prescription drugs from other countries is one way some Americans have coped with rising drug prices. A new University of Florida study, published today in JAMA Network Open, finds that 1.5% percent of adults, or more than 2 million Americans, purchase their prescription drugs from outside the U.S. to save money.


The UF researchers caution that with the rapid growth in unemployment related to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent loss of health insurance, the number of Americans searching for cheaper prescription drugs is likely to rise. Their findings may actually be an underestimation.


Last year, the Trump administration announced plans to allow importation of drugs from Canada in an effort to stimulate price competition. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration introduced the Safe Importation Action Plan, with proposed pathways to allow for the safe importation of drugs originally intended for foreign markets. If finalized, the plan would permit U.S. consumers to purchase certain drugs from Canada.


Safety is a real concern with purchases of international drugs, UF researchers say. The World Health Organization conservatively estimates that 1 in 10 medications sold in the world are substandard or falsified.


For the study, researchers analyzed data from the 2015-2017 National Health Interview Survey, a nationally representative study conducted by the National Center for Health Statistics in order to track health status and health services use. Participants were asked if they had purchased prescription drugs from countries outside the U.S. to save money. Those who had were more likely to be older, be an immigrant, and have inadequate insurance coverage and financial constraints that impact their ability to refill prescriptions. They were also more likely to use the internet for health care information.


Students have described buying non-prescribed ADHD and ADD medication to help them concentrate intensely and cram for exams or essay deadlines. Similarly, narcolepsy and wakefulness prescription drugs are taken to wave off sleep and pull all-nighters studying. Adderall, Ritalin, Wakealert, Modalert and Concerta are some common drugs taken, according to students and college authorities.


The only existing work on the subject relevant to Ireland is a study undertaken by three UK academics from the London School of Economics and Kings College London in 2014. They looked into the use of the drugs among college students in both the UK and Ireland.


Male students in their undergraduate final year were the group most likely to have taken the drugs or considered trying them, and a lack of access rather than safety concerns made up the main deterrent for students surveyed.


The flow of the drugs into Ireland frequently increases coming up to the college final exam season each summer. The Health Products Regulatory Authority confirmed it made a seizure at customs of more than 1,300 stimulant tablets and narcolepsy medication around college exam season last summer.


As VICE has previously detailed, it's this stress that turns many to Nootropics: a new wave of grey market cognitive enhancers. Armed with these, students feel they no longer need to choose between their social lives and study. At the cost of sleep, they can do both.


Can you describe what a typical Modafinil study session looks like?I normally do it with mates. Everyone's on the same level, no one is really talking. Normally we get up at around 6 AM, have a big breakfast, take a dosage, then study for a solid 12 hours with food breaks here and there.


If it's unfair then so is drinking coffee to study, paying for a tutor to help with work, or working in a group to study. It has zero impact on anyone else, and for that reason I don't believe it's unfair or unethical.


Okay, I haven't heard that one before. Why is it your favorite?I love marijuana, regardless of whether I'm studying or not. It helps me when I study because I'm a perfectionist, so coursework can cause a lot of stress. When I'm high, I feel relaxed and more confident in my ability to do the work.


Why did you start smoking weed to help you study?Usually I would wait until after studying to treat myself. But I was blazed as fuck one night and realized I had school work that needed to be done by the next day, so I did it when I was high and found it surprisingly easy.


Does Waklert help you to feel less stressed when you're studying?It puts you in the shit when it wears off, and it messes with your sleeping pattern. I wouldn't say it alleviates stress. It probably causes more later down the track.


If it messes with you, why do you keep using it?It really assists with study emergencies, it means I don't have to freak out about staying awake or not. I'm pretty set in the way I study so all-nighters are normal for me anyway, it just helps me stay awake.


Why do you think students increasingly turn to drugs like Modafinil to help them study?I think it's just the lifestyle that students live. They have to go to uni and work as well. They're gonna go out a fair bit, too. You're constantly in a state of needing some kind of stimulation.


I was always a smart student. I did my homework, paid attention in class, and generally had enough drive to earn A's in the classes I took. I didn't have any need to take Adderall, and when people offered it to me, I always declined, thinking I was self-driven enough to achieve success without the use of drugs. My closest friends, who were a little bit less motivated than I was, raved about Adderall. Even my brother, a freshman in college, told me to take it. I kept declining and declining, convincing myself that people like me didn't need Adderall to help them get by. It wasn't until one week, when my homework load was particularly heavy, I considered using it. A kid in one of my classes sold Adderall and always offered it to me at least twice a week. To his surprise, and to mine, when he asked me that Tuesday morning if I wanted to buy some, I actually said yes. I bought two 20 mg pills from him for $6. That night when I went home and stared at the pills. I don't know if it was the lack of self-motivation, the chronic fatigue of school, or the sleep-deprivation, or a combination of all three, but something inside of me that sparked the drive to be independently successful died, and I swallowed the pills. Much to my dismay, I discovered that Adderall was everything people made it to be and more. I found a complete surge of adrenaline and ecstasy flow through my brain as I tackled factoring, science notes, and a four-page paper all in one night. And when that night's homework was done, I did the next night's. I was on a role, and I couldn't stop. After that, I began to use Adderall whenever I had a lot of studying to do. I also used it to help me focus during exams. Adderall is popular in my school, where it's highly competitive. Everyone is competing against each other for scholarships and it definitely gives you an extra edge over students who don't take it. As much as I was initally against Adderall, I cannot deny the fact that it's completely effective. 041b061a72


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