Monday, November 28, 2016

Ole Miss Faces Harsh Problem of Prescription Drug Abuse for Studying Purposes

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College students are under constant pressure to perform well in school. When mixed with the use of prescription drugs as a means to help enhance their abilities, this can become a dangerous duo.

It is becoming quite common for overworked students to turn to "study drugs" such as Adderall, Vyvanse and Ritalin as a quick fix to their studying habits. More often than not, the students who turn to these drugs, are not prescribed to them.

There are serious health concerns that come along with illegally using prescription medications. “They perform heart and liver tests before prescribing anyone with the medicine to see if they are even a candidate,” Ole Miss Pharmacy student and intern at the Student Health Center, Ethan Casey said. “If someone were to have a silent heart condition that they didn’t know about, some of these amphetamines can be deadly.” 

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Facebook has various pages, such as the one pictured below, that bring awareness to the dangers of such drugs and offer more positive substitutes.

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