posted on Feb, 5 2009 @ 02:20 PM
Back when I was in college (turn of the millenium), ritalin was quite common. It was mostly the so-called nerds that were taking it, as they would do
anything to get a boost in their studies. As the effect of the drug became more well known, you would start to see more and more students using it,
often times using it as an excuse to procrastinate ("Oh well, I'll just pop a few R's a day or two before the exam and cram...let's go drink!").
Apparently it has become widespread. Adderall was not as popular several years ago, but appears to be the drug of choice today. Ritalin and Adderall
are both amphetamines (ie. mild speed) and do increase one's ability to concentrate. However, the addictive nature of the drug is often overlooked.
These drugs, along with most every other prescription drug, are not seen for what they are. Most people believe that since they are manufactured by a
huge company and distributed by doctors that they are essentially harmless. This is not the case.
The more drugs produced means more profit for these pharmaceutical companies. The more drugs distributed means more profit for these doctors. The
abuse is rampant. There NEEDS to be stricter laws and regulations regarding pharmaceutical drugs. Just because a drug is considered "white-collar"
doesn't mean it is any less dangerous. In fact, because of the lack of attention, they may be the most dangerous drugs out there.
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