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TOPIC: NY Senator Schumer: End 'Academic Doping'

NY Senator Schumer: End 'Academic Doping' 18 Jun 2013 14:02 #198

NY Senator Schumer Wants Colleges To End 'Academic Doping'; Up To 35% Of College Students Use ADHD Meds
Posted by June 17, 2013 by Jonathan Weiss, PH.D.

With increasing competition to get into college and even fiercer competition once in college, attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drug abuse is on the rise in so called "academic doping." Chuck Schumer, the senior senator from New York, has called on colleges in the state to regulate student access to drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin, medications which are often abused by students to help them study and cram for tests. Currently, they are only approved for use by patients with ADD and ADHD.

Many don't realize that Adderall is an amphetamine, holding a chemical structure similar to another more notorious amphetamine called methamphetamine (meth), and is also a Schedule II controlled substance. Abuse of ADHD drugs by students who don't medically need them can lead to side effects such as depression, anxiety, and in some cases psychosis. "This is a matter of student health, safety, and academic integrity, and we need to look at all the options when it comes to keeping potentially addictive stimulants out of the hands of our students who don't really need them," Schumer said in a statement.
Senator Schumer has called on colleges to require students to have an evaluation from a campus health clinic before they are prescribed ADHD medications. This includes contracts that students must sign, requiring them to follow up with medical staff and provide detailed medical, educational, and psychological history.


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