Popping pills boost brain power. That’s what some college students believe and they are taking drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin to help them concentrate in class. Read more about the story plus see the video below.
In a 60 Minutes report from CBS, Katie Couric revealed the popular trend of college students taking Adderall and Ritalin (which are commonly used to treat ADD and ADHD) to help improve their concentration while in school. Popping pills boost brain power, is what some of these college kids believe.
“It’s called neuroenhancement and if you want to find someone who’s trying it out, just visit a college campus. That’s where a surprising number of students are turning to drugs like Adderall and Ritalin, originally developed to treat attention disorders, to boost their brain power and help them make the grade.”
Couric sat down with a group of University of Kentucky students to get their take on ‘neuroenhancement’.
Some are obtaining these pills without a prescription. Alan DeSantis, a professor at the University, estimated that four percent of the students on campus actually do have legal prescriptions. He added that most would get 30 doses at a time, and many weren’t taking all 30 pills. So what happens to those extra pills? Those are the ones that are divvied up – at a price.
Katie asked how much these pills go for and they responded that it did depend on the dosage of the pill but typically around $3 to $5 each.
Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, warns that Adderall and Ritalin are addictive drugs and said:
“We all want to believe that we are under control to justify whatever we want to do. The reality is there are side effects of these drugs. One of them is addiction. But another one can be psychosis. So it’s not worth the risk to be playing with a drug that has potentially very adverse effects. Addiction is not a pretty face.”
I want to know what your thoughts are on these college students who think popping bills boost brain power. Check out the related video below.