Recreational Prescription Drug Use Continues To Plague College Campuses

College life can be a fun time in your life, but it can also be very stressful. With the pressure to make good grades and keep up a social life, things can get out of control. Many college students are introduced to drugs and alcohol on a large basis as they enter school.

Parties are everywhere and so are the drugs, especially prescription drugs. Students abuse prescription drugs as a way to get high or even along with alcohol to create a more intense effect.

Study Drugs Becoming More Popular Than Ever

The pressure to do well often drives college students to turn to drugs like Adderall, which is a prescribed drug used to treat those with ADHD. Most of these students do not have a prescription for the drug, but get it from their peers or drug dealers. While the drug is thought to calm down an overactive individual, such as one with ADHD, it has the opposite effect on someone who does not have this disorder. In fact, Adderall users claim that the drug stimulates them and makes it easier for them to concentrate and study.

It also allows them to stay awake and alert for extended periods of time, such as all night in order to study for an exam or finish a paper. High school students have been known to abuse this drug as well. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 11.4 percent of people from the age of 12 to 25 had used this drug without a prescription within the past year. Stimulants stimulate your body, which means they will raise your heartbeat. Because stimulants are often abused at parties, there is usually alcohol involved, which can increase the danger of these drugs.

Typical side effects as a result of abusing stimulants include irregular heartbeat, extremely high blood pressure, seizures, tremors, difficulty breathing and mood disorders. Even more terrifying are the effects of repeated use of high doses, which could result in confusion, hallucinations, delusions, and paranoia, stoke and even death. Though not all abusers use stimulants as means of partying, that doesn’t mean they pose any less of a danger.

Know The Signs

Individuals who are abusing stimulants such as Adderall may show certain changes in mental and physical behavior such as:

•    Problems in school
•    Changes in activities or friends
•    Unusually long periods of sleeplessness
•    Heightened attention
•    Not eating/weight loss
•    Memory lapses
•    Secrecy
•    Isolation
•    Aggressiveness
•    Irritability
•    Mood swings
•    Dilated pupils and
•    Dry mouth and nose

Unfortunately, many parents of college students may not notice these things right away because they are not around them all of the time, especially if the student attends an out of state school. If this is the case, then parents should pay close attention for any of these indicators while their child is home on vacation, for example. If you notice any of these symptoms with your child or someone you know, get professional help immediately.

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