Study Drugs Usage on the Rise

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- As exam season approaches, more students are turning to ADHD medications to help focus while studying.

New findings from University of Michigan researchers say 30 percent of students use stimulants non-medically.

Ritalin and Adderall can bring about a feeling of alertness, but they can also be dangerous. These drugs stimulate the central nervous system and could trigger panic attacks or insomnia. Repeated usage can also lead to dependency.

"They're just designed to be used for people that have a valid diagnosis of ADD or ADHD. Those people have been evaluated by a physician and the physician has determined that its safe to use it in these people," said Mel Anderson, a pharmacist with MediCap Pharmacy.

As for alternatives, you can try a safe amount of caffeine; however, Anderson said nothing can replace a good night's sleep. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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