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TOPIC: In Their Own Words: 'No Excuses'

In Their Own Words: 'No Excuses' 20 Mar 2013 21:31 #74

CAOOY Note: "In Their Own Words" is a series of editorials written by teens and young adults, male and female, from across the country, regarding their experiences with ADHD/depressive medication. We will continue featuring selections from the page, but if you would like to read more go here. Each will be prefaced by Alan Schwarz of The New York Times.
In Their Own Words: 'No Excuses'


At high schools around the nation, pressure over grades and competition for
college admissions are encouraging students to abuse prescription stimulants.


A 16-year-old, determined to succeed on her own merits, who finally bends under the pressure. Students with legitimate prescriptions who are hounded for their pills. Young men and women whose use of stimulants spirals out of control.

After inviting students to submit personal stories of the abuse of prescription drugs for academic advantage, The Times received almost 200 submissions. While a majority focused on the prevalence of these drugs on college campuses, many wrote about their increasing appearance in high schools, the focus of our article on Sunday. We have highlighted about 30 of the submissions below, almost all written by current high school students or recent graduates.

In often vivid detail — snorting their own pills, stealing pills from friends — the students described an issue that they found upsetting, valuable, dangerous and, above all else, real. Most of them claimed that it was a problem rooted not in drugs per se, but with the pressure that compelled some youngsters to use them.
— Alan Schwarz
No Excuses
Male, 17, Cambridge, Mass.

I take Adderall. Maybe I have A.D.D. Maybe I don't. I don't really know. I knew how to say the right things to the psychologist to get the diagnosis, and the pills that make my life much easier.

I go to a challenging and competitive high school. I don't have a good excuse.

They let you use what you have, nothing more, and nothing less. That is enough. You can use what you have for longer, and it works more effectively.

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Continue reading: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/06/10/education/stimulants-student-voices.html
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