Amidst the club meetings, basket ball matches, sorority mixers, filling the forms to get summer internships, and other things, who is getting enough time these days to study and discuss the thesis anymore? Every student nowadays is much busy and confused with his or life, and they are typically turning into procrastinators when it comes to studies. But, if the students are not studying then how are they doing when it comes to grades? Well, the answer for them is simple and risky too, it is by getting study drugs. There are many prescribed study drugs like Speed, Ritalin and Adderall which are being consumed by students to improve mental concentration as well as productivity for studying purposes. In addition to this, the smart drugs are actually prescribed to people who are suffering from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). In some case, these drugs are regarded as illegal if you do not possess a proper prescription. Though there are some risks associated with the drugs, but 20% of the students have reported that they have improved energy before exams with them.
Risks and rewards of the pills
The study drugs can work for the grades as they improve motivation and focus in students; however these benefits are for short term and come with some risk factors. The prescribed supplements like Ritalin, Speed and Adderall have been designed to increase the concentration of users. However, according to the experts if these pills are used under doctor’s advice then these are pretty effective to overcome the attention problems like ADHD and ADD. People suffering from ADHD or ADD can gain calming effect after using the drug as it increase the dopamine level of the brain. In addition, these supplements also cause euphoria and restlessness for people without ADHD as they already have adequate dopamine.
But if students are misusing the drugs, it might turn to be dangerous for them, particularly in cases when they are using in excess amounts and when it is being combined with other drugs or alcohol. Furthermore, people using these kinds of drugs only in few occasions have high probability of getting crashed after the dosage of drug gets off. Crash here means causing depression and exhaustion as the dopamine and energy have been used by the body. The other risk of these study drugs are increase in the rate of blood pressure and heart, insomnia and nervousness. As per National Institute on Drug Abuse reports, these Adderall like supplements can lead to paranoia, hallucinations, irritability, and impulsive behavior.
Along with the health risks concerned with the study drugs, there are other legal risks too which a student can face. Some of them are suspension from college or school, jail or fine. If any student misuses the drugs or purchases without prescription, it is regarded as illegal. In addition to this, the crime probabilities increase if the student is under the drug influence. After the short term risks, you will come across the long term issues. Adderall as well as other prescribed stimulants for grades are known to have adverse effects if any student takes with some antidepressants like Nardil and Marplan.
The other worst and serious risk of consuming study drugs is serious addiction. Such type of addiction can result in health concerns which are mentioned above along with the most serious consequence- death.
How do students think about these drugs?
At many colleges, there are no black markets o secret markets selling the study drugs and the reason is that they are nowadays easily available anywhere, both at offline and online stores. However, there are basically two ways to get these energy pills, first is you can consult a doctor and get prescription, and next is to get help from a friend who has is having a prescription. These are the easiest and legal ways of getting the drugs. Further, if you are planning to get Adderall, it is very easy to find even at the college campuses. According to the UT health service department, around 58% of the students from college misuse the prescription medicines. There are students who sell these drugs, particularly Adderall and Speed for cash as well.
There are even distributors who can get the doctor’s prescription for students easily on the campus health departments. This is also another easy option as students just need to fill a form and purchase the drugs in 10 minutes. Such easy way of buying drugs is bringing more college students to purchase such drugs and improve their grades.
Perspective towards energy pills
So, here is some solution. If you are feeling low and need some energy to study, then why not consult a doctor and try to get some help from him and examine yourself to know whether your health condition is right. Then, if the issue is rules out, you can consider the following questions before going for the energy pills.
- Is this energy pill safe?
If you are going through any medical case or you are taking any medications, then you shouldn’t go for the energy pills are it might not be safe. Always remember that there are risks associated with them. The reason is that not all drugs are approved and tested by FDA.
- What proofs do you have about the energy supplements?
Not every energy pill is effective and supported by science. However, it is not wrong that they are useless, but make sure to know everything about the drug which you are about to use. Read its reviews and ingredients as well.
- Do you really want this energy pill?
If you are having a proper balanced diet, then it contains vitamins, nutrients and minerals. But, if these are missing these things you need to figure out why. If you are missing out something then you can get the supplements, with the consult of your doctor.
At last, you should follow the instructions given on the energy pills you are taking or any suggestions given by your doctor.