Ritalin and Adderall
are prescribed drugs to treat people who suffer from attention deficit
hyperactive disorder, attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy.
When taken correctly, these drugs help people remain awake and sustain
concentration and energy levels.
Recent studies show that more and more students without ADHD are
using the brain-stimulating pills to keep their brain hyper-alert
for long bouts of studying. Or, to get high off the drugs.
ADHD drug abusers are generally high school and college students.
A 2001 study at the University of Michigan found that about three
percent of undergraduates had used Ritalin in the past year without
a prescription. A 2002 national survey found that three percent
to five percent of students in grades 8, 10 and 12 reported using
Ritalin without medical supervision at least once in the past year.