A growing number of students are reportedly turning to prescription drugs as stimulants in order to strike a balance between their studies, jobs, and social lives, says Eliza Edwards and Andrew Purcell in an article for The Sydney Morning Herald.
The article features a female student from Charles Sturt University, who admits to using the stimulant Ritalin, a drug commonly used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD). She says about 40 per cent of the students who live on campus have done the same with similar drugs for the purpose of being able to study well for exams and focus on finishing homework.
To look deeper into students’ use of prescription drugs in enhancing their performance in school, the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre has commissioned a study that will focus on the drug habits of Australian students across four Australian universities. The findings of the survey is due to be released in 2016.
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