College could be one of the most important and stressful times in a person’s life. It may seem like there are not enough hours in a week for school, extracurricular activities and one’s social life. Students are increasingly turning to a tiny little $5 pill for help.
The manufacturing of Adderall has increased by 9 million percent . Although prescriptions have increased, the number of people that are taking it has increased by more. How is this possible? Many students who are not prescribed the drug buy it off of someone who does have a prescription. The misuse increases around midterms and finals.
At CU the misuse rate is as high as 18% of the student population according to Kathryn Dailey of CU Health Promotion.
Students that sell their pills may be innocently earning a few extra bucks and not consider themselves drug dealers but are in fact selling drugs. The selling or unprescribed possession is a felony that could result in a minimum of four years in jail. So, is it worth it?
Kathryn Dailey, the assistant director of Health Promotion at CU says no.
Dailey stated, “Students who are misusing prescription stimulants often have lower GPAs and massive sleep disruptions. So it doesn’t actually help people retain information and instead people are having those sleep disruptions which means they’re not retaining or encoding their information that they’re learning in classes, they have weakened immune systems and are more likely to get sick which increases stress so it can have this sort of domino affect”.
So, as finals quickly approach, the best way to succeed is to stay on top of work and avoid unprescribed medications. If you or a friend are struggling with school or misuse, CU Boulder psychiatric services are happy to help. Their website can be found here.