Study shows that focus boosting drugs are not worth the long-term risks
Stimulant drugs like Adderall are extremely popular with young students, who use them to be able to keep up with their workload and continue performing at a peak level. Even though these medications are designed for people who suffer from conditions like ADHD, a study from John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD, found that in the United States, the nonprescribed use of Adderall had increased by 67%among young adults over approximately 6 years.
However, a new study done by researches in the University of California showed that using psychostimulants only benefits young people in the short term. In the long term, the way that focus, memory and performance are affected seem to be on the negative side instead.
This is a problem that should not be taken lightly. Anyone that has been around a college campus knows very well the extent that these drugs are used by a high percentage of the students. It is such a widely known and used resource that it is no longer normal, but expected.
However, the real problems come when these kids graduate college and enter the workforce, now possibly addicted and not having the same resources that they did before. What will they do now? Switch to more dangerous drugs like cocaine? How will their health be affected long term? Yet this issue does not get talked about enough, and once again it will be our children the ones that will suffer the consequences.
If you have children at or close to college age, you must make sure to raise awareness of the dangers of psychostimulants, as they will for sure be faced with the difficult choice of whether to use them to keep up with the work, or find safer ways to do so.