Local College Students Turn to Adderall to Help with Finals

HARRISONBURG, Va. College students throughout the area are in the heat of their final exams. During this time, there is an increase in the number of students turning to non-prescribed medication, like Adderall, to help them study.

"It's an incredible amount of pressure. I mean, pretty much in a lot of classes, everything boils down to just this week."

This local college student, who wishes to remain anonymous, said these non-prescription Adderall pills help him to perform at his "A Game."

In fact, he said, it is incredibly easy to get the medication.

"I mean you really don't have to look far. I mean, so many people have it prescribed to them and are pretty much handing it out," said the student.

Director of Counseling Services at Bridgewater College, Randy Hook, said nationally, the number of students using Adderall is rising.

"The concern we have on college campuses is the rise in use for individuals using it for non-medical reasons," said Hook.

He said, from 2005 to 2006, approximately 5 to 6 percent of students on a campus would be using it. Now, he said a recent study shows 10 percent of students using it.

Hook said it is a myth that this stimulant will help you retain information or help improve your memory. In fact, for some people it is more of a placebo effect.

Hook said, if it is not prescribed to you, the stimulant can even have negative affects.

"It can make you feel very jittery. You know, that they can't focus in on things," said Hook.

The student said, although he never experienced this feeling personally, he has friends who have.

The student said, if his examinations were more spread out, not as many students would turn to the stimulant.

"You've been here for fifteen weeks, going to class, taking tests, and actively participating, but, at the end of the day, it is this week that matters right here," said the student.

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