Study Drugs | Anything for an Edge
We live in a "win at all costs" world. Everyone is looking to get an edge over their competitors in life, whether it be a person, place, or thing. We also live in a culture that uses drugs, so it shouldn't be a big surprise to know that some people use them to get a leg up in life. When most people hear the term "performance enhancing drugs" they think of athletics. Well, that's not always true. Study drugs are used by high school and college students to prepare for school, and they can be dangerously addictive. If your teenager is addicted to a prescription stimulant or amphetamine, please call Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers today. We can help your child with holistic outpatient drug rehab in Columbus OH, Raleigh NC and Charlotte NC.
Kids these days are under a lot of academic pressure. A lot of them want to get into the best schools, whether it be prep, college or graduate. We think there is nothing wrong with having those lofty goals, but make sure you reach them the right way. Don't try to gain an academic edge by using study drugs.
So What Is a Study Drug?
Study drugs usually refers to stimulant medications that have been prescribed by a doctor for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder commonly known as ADHD. Doctors will typically prescribe Adderall, Concerta, Ritalin, and Vyvanse. However, some kids will also call caffeine pills and energy drinks study drugs too since they tend to wake you up. This allows them to stay up later to get all of the work done. Some teens will even go as far as using cocaine as a study drug.
Parents, we know you have a lot going on, but please make sure you really know what's going on with your children's lives. Based on national survey data from Monitoring the Future, in 2013 10% of high school sophomores, and 12% of high school seniors said they used an amphetamine or stimulant medication not prescribed by their doctor, while a national poll on children's health taken by the University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital found that only 1% of parents believed their teen had used a study drug to help study or improve grades without a doctor's prescription.
Teens looking to get an academic edge, without ADHD, will often seek out friends that do suffer from it and buy their medication thinking this will help them stay awake and alert so they can improve their scores on exams or class assignments. There is no scientific proof that taking these drugs will help you in school, and doctors agree that abuse can actually harm you.
Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., is the director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. He said that "Taking these medications when they are not prescribed for you can lead to acute exhaustion, abnormal heart rhythms and even confusion and psychosis if the teens get addicted and go into withdrawal," and that "What we found in this poll is a clear mismatch between what parents believe and what their kids are reporting. But even though parents may not be recognizing these behaviors in their own kids, this poll also showed that one-half of the parents say they are very concerned about this abuse in their communities."
Things like this should really concern parents, but one alarming statistic from the C.S. Mott Poll was that only 27% of parents said they had talked to their kids about using study drugs. Dr. Davis added that "If we are going to make a dent in this problem, and truly reduce the abuse of these drugs, we need parents, educators, health care professionals and all who interact with teens to be more proactive about discussing the issue," and that "We know teens may be sharing drugs or spreading the word that these medications can give their grades a boost. But the bottom line is that these prescription medications are drugs, and teens who use them without a prescription are taking a serious risk with their health."
Outpatient Study Drug Rehab in Columbus OH
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