SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Va. - Halley Pendleton is a student at Mary Baldwin College and is prepping for what she calls Hell Week.
"Hell week is the week before exams. This is when everything is due," Pendleton says.
Tight deadlines have students looking for help and Pendleton says a lot of students turn to Adderall.
"There's been a rise in the number of college students who use Adderall and haven't been prescribed it, and many people say those students are doing it simply due to stress," Pendleton says.
They get the ADHD drug from people who have the prescription and using it keeps them focused and alert.
A study out proves that the number of students using Adderall has been on the rise over the past few years.
Janna Potter is a nurse and she says this could be serious because taking someone else's prescription is dangerous.
"It makes me feel really sad that people would put a chemical into their body to try to perform better and they may not realize the side effects that it has," says Potter, "heart palpitations, high blood pressure, it can even cause stroke, heart attack and sudden death."
Halley thinks using the drug is definitely not a good option and is close to cheating.
"I had a friend and he told me that he used it and I was kind of like...that's not the person that I graduated with," Pendleton says,"I felt really bad for him, I feel like it's a way out."
She suggests those people should try another option.
"Do coffee, don't do Adderall, it has a lot less side effects," she said.