Students in college face enormous pressures to achieve, and new literature review has shown that many students use risky options to measure up to high expectations. According to study author Kari Benson from the University of South Carolina, 1 in 6 college students misuse prescription stimulant drugs that are prescribed for ADHD treatment. Medications such as Adderall and Ritalin are used to treat people suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder who have trouble paying attention and lowering hyperactivity. Stimulants help individuals to calm and focus, which is exactly why students who do not suffer from ADHD utilize the medications as a study aid.

Students who misuse stimulant medications designed for ADHD are said to utilize them for improving academic performance, but Benson explains otherwise:

“The primary reason for misuse was to improve academic performance, but despite this, the results suggested that there may be some correlation between poor academic performance and ADHD medication misuse.”

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