• S.G. Lee

The Consequences of Using and Abusing "Study Drugs"

Many students abuse “study” drugs to help themselves at school. However, what they don’t realize is the negative effects of these drugs. Study drugs are medicine intended for aiding ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder management). People who have ADHD don’t focus on certain things as well as others, so they take medicine to help them focus, such as adderall, ritalin, and focalin. These medicines are used to treat ADHD, but when normal people take it, their brain functions increase dramatically.

Usually, concentration will be increased five times more than normal, and memory will be three times higher than average, depending on the individual’s physical constitution. The medicinal effects remain in the body for about 3 - 10 hours, depending on the amount of drugs. However, if a person takes it with coffee, the medicinal effect could be longer.

A student who’s in an Ivy League school said when he took adderall and coffee together, the effect remained for about 52 hours. Study drugs increase people’s brain functions, so many high school, university and college students take these “assistive” drugs to increase their output, hence the name study drugs. The effect of study drugs sounds positive. However, people have to be aware of the negative effects of these drugs.

These drugs are thought to be less addictive compared to others, but, in reality, they are very addictive. People can lose brain cells, their appetite, and they can suffer from insomnia when they take it. Many people who take study drugs lose their appetite and, as a result, they lose weight and their sleeping patterns and length is affected. When they abuse study drugs, they can suffer from side effects that can include hypertension, Raynaud's phenomenon (reduced blood flow to extremities), and tachycardia (increased heart rate).

When people stop taking study drugs they can get headaches, so they may need to take medicine for dealing with these headaches. Additionally, after they stop taking drugs, they feel tired and but will regain their appetite. Finally, their brain functions are restored to normal.

In conclusion, study drugs’ addictiveness is less powerful than other drugs, and its side effects are not lethal. However, if there is repeated use of these drugs, there could be serious repercussions later on in life. Therefore, people must consider all the possible consequences before they take these addicitive and dangerous "study drugs".