October is coming to a close and the countdown to Halloween is officially wrapping up! Before Halloween though, students all over the state were hitting the midterm point in the semester and may have been feeling the pressure. Heightened stress levels and aggregation of tests make midterms week a high-risk time for abuse of prescription medications. During this time, we see an increased use of stimulants like Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta by students in an attempt to pull all-nighters, maintain focus in class, or boost their cognitive functioning.
However, it is important to note (and to educate your peers on the fact) that studies generally do not find that stimulants improve functional memory, inherent ability to understand concepts, nor do they help boost your grade. It is true that the dangers of taking prescription stimulants when not prescribed for you- anxiety attacks, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, seizures, even death- far out way the benefit.
So this midterms season, and throughout the year, we encourage you to educate your peers and friends so that youth, teens, and college students from all over Georgia will join in and steer clear of illegally taking prescription stimulants like they’re candy!Back to Blog