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.