Finals Week and Prescription Drugs

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As finals week approaches many college students find their stress levels rising and the want and need to do well on exams skyrocketing. Finals week is a stress-filled time for students, especially those at the end of their college careers, with internships, job hunting, school, work, friends, social life, graduation etc. That is why the prescription drug misuse also skyrockets during this time.

But why do college students misuse these stimulant drugs? An article by Iowa Center for Public Affairs claims that there is a low perception of harm associated with the use of a prescription drug, because of the fact they are prescribed by a doctor. And as far as the morality, many students feel it is okay to misuse these drugs because they are not doing it to get a “high” but for a morally “good” reason – to get a good grade.

Common drugs such as Rialin, Vyvanse, and Adderall, when used correctly as prescribed, can greatly help in treating Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), but when misuse occurs, other health issues can have serious impacts that students do not realize.  A variety of health issues can stem from misuse of prescription drugs including insomnia, headaches, irritability, dependence and addiction.  It is also known that the abuse of prescription drugs can lead one down a road of addiction to other drugs, most recently, heroin.

Health issues are not the only downside of the misuse of Prescription drugs.  Sadly, some individuals who are prescribed medicine for medical reasons sell their extra pills to make a few more dollars. But, what many people do not realize, is that the selling and using of these drugs without a prescription is a felony.

Overall, the effects of selling and misusing prescription drugs is simply not work an extra point or two. Many schools are taking action to combat prescription drug abuse by trying to give students other ways to deal with stress as well as time management seminars and workshops. Schools are also, educating students on the true effects of misusing drugs, including the chance of becoming addicted. All in all, there are ‘healthy’ ways in which to deal with finals week stress, for example, yoga, exercise, painting, time management, breaking projects down, and none of these options have any of the negative risks associated with Prescription Drug use!