A new trend is growing in popularity in high schools throughout the country and around the world. Drugs. Not drugs for partying and chilling, but drugs to help you focus, concentrate, study and compete better academically.
These drugs are prescription stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin. Drugs used by people with A.D.H.D. While these drugs tend to calm and help people with A.D.H.D., the affects on people without the disorder are are the opposite. They energize you and help people super focus. Teens in interviewed in this New York Times article said that these types of drugs five them a tunnel focus ability to get through the marathon tests like SAT’s.
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.
“They’re the A students, sometimes the B students, who are trying to get good grades,” said one senior at Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, a Philadelphia suburb, who said he makes hundreds of dollars a week selling prescription drugs, usually priced at $5 to $20 per pill, to classmates as young as freshmen. “They’re the quote-unquote good kids, basically.”