'Smart drug' abuse on the rise among students

From The Chippewa Herald:

Two University of Wisconsin-Madison journalism students last school year walked into a campus library with a mission: See how quickly they could score some Adderall, a popular prescription “smart drug” that users say improves their ability to study.

They were good to go in 56 seconds.

All it took was a tap on the shoulder of one woman, asking if she knew where to buy some. The woman offered to call her friend who was selling it.

Experts say such easy access and casual acceptance is increasingly common on campuses, including UW-Madison, where students coping with high academic demands are turning to illicit use of Adderall and other stimulants. Adderall (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine) is prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Posted: 12/21/2010 10:53:00 AM

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