Students are cramming for first term final exams and some may be willing to risk the danger of medial distress by taking stimulant drugs like Adderall. Joan McVoy is the spokesperson for the Nebraska Regional Poison Center and says this is a medication for ADHD. McVoy says it is an amphetamine and can be habit-forming.
Medical experts are concerned as students are now using this drug because they hear it enhances concentration, enables them to focus and increases stamina. McVoy says students are taking the drug because they hear they will they will be able to focus while studying and this will give them an edge.
McVoy says abusing so called “study drugs” can cause anxiety, increased heart rate and elevate blood pressure. She also warns that chronic use can lead to addiction. Some students are taking the drug with energy drinks that have large amounts of caffeine and other stimulants and that is creating more health problems including tremors.
The College World Series is a big money maker for many businesses and individuals in Omaha but the Omaha Police Department would like to see one disappear. They say slow moving vehicles like the horse drawn carriages and bicycle powered cabs slow traffic and are a safety concern around T-D Ameritrade Park.
Those who oppose and supporters of Pedi-cabs, horse carriages and rickshaws spoke at Tuesday’s Omaha City Council meeting. Omaha Police Deputy Chief Todd Schmaderer says these Pedi-cabs, bicycles that pull passengers in carriages slow traffic and cause congestion. He stated there is also a danger when pedestrians walk into the street to catch a ride and that drivers solicit pedestrians into the traffic lanes. He says there are no guidelines for Pedi-cabs, the drivers do not wear uniforms and there are no staging areas for these vehicles.
Jennifer Kephart spoke in favor of this alternative form of transportation. She is a Pedi-cab driver and says the C-W-S is the highlight of her season and a big money maker for her business. Kephart would prefer regulations and inspections to control Pedi-cabs, horse drawn carriages and rickshaws.
The Omaha City Council heard from opponents and supporters of the ban this week and has delayed a vote until after the first of the year.