Senator Charles Schumer is taking the abuse of stimulants such as Adderall on American college campuses seriously, and he wants the public to take it seriously as well. The senator has publicly renounced the practice of abusing prescription medication to increase concentration and awareness.
Said Sen. Schumer: “There are better ways to pull an all-nighter and stay up. There’s coffee and there’s things like NoDoz.”
While the Senator’s battle to increase awareness and limit prescription drug availability on campus is a positive effort, critics wonder if it is enough to simply say, “Use coffee instead.” Endeavors to create an awareness of healthy study habits and soft skills such as punctuality, responsibility, and time management may address the heart of the issue behind “academic doping,” but if a student doesn’t know the dangers of abusing stimulant drugs, they may still be inclined to falsely boost their performance with drug use.
A better measure? Perhaps prioritizing the education of students so they can learn healthy coping mechanisms that can replace the unhealthy practices, so they can truly be academically successful.
Negative Impact of Stimulant Abuse
The negative impact of stimulant abuse can begin after just a few uses but often worsens with increased use or higher doses. While street stimulants such as cocaine or methamphetamine have a (well-deserved) negative connotation, many assume that the effects of prescription stimulant medications are not as serious because the drugs come from a doctor and are dispensed in a pharmacy. However, that is not the case.
Prescribed for patients with ADHD or other attention disorders and marketed under such names as Concerta, Ritalin and Adderall, the abuse of these medications has been proven to produce the following effects when abused chronically:
- Increased blood pressure and heart rate
- Increased glucose in the blood stream
- Constriction of blood vessels within the body
- Increased aggressiveness
- Feelings of hostility or paranoia
- Heart attack
Positive Impact of Addiction Treatment
For those who develop a dependence upon stimulant medications like Adderall, treatment can help them find the path to freedom. A range of types of drug rehabilitation programs defined by different philosophies of care and goals for a successful recovery are available. Determine which one will best suit your needs or the needs of your addicted loved one when you contact us at the phone number listed above and speak with an admissions coordinator today.