Teenagers certainly are prone to procrastination. They frequently try to pull all-nighters to finish a paper or study for a test. In the old days coffee provided the necessary jolt. Then it was a cola aptly named “Jolt”
The drug of choice now is Adderall, according to the NY Times. This pill is not taken orally, instead it is crushed into a powder and snorted. And kids are doping this every day all over the country. It has become virtually epidemic among adolescents and college-age students.
Why are teens doing this? Not merely to get high, but to increase their focus and concentration and help them study late into the night.
It has been estimated that 20% of the students taking the SAT exam have ingested Adderall or some other enhancing drug. Soon they will have to drug-test at the SATs.
At high schools across the United States, pressure over grades and competition for college admissions are encouraging students to abuse prescription stimulants, according to interviews with students, parents and doctors.
Pills that have been a staple in some college and graduate school circles are going from rare to routine in many academically competitive high schools, where teenagers say they get them from friends, buy them from student dealers or fake symptoms to their parents and doctors to get prescriptions.
Be aware, these amphetamine-like drugs are highly addictive, right alongside cocaine and heroin in terms of addiction. If you or someone you care about is using and abusing one of these medications, please seek help immediately. There are also online drug and minor in possession classes.