The thing that worries most parents is that their children should get good grades so that they may get admitted to good schools. This worry has transformed into a desire and forced them to turn to dangerous methods to achieve their means. In 2006, for example, 7 out of 10 parents requested for ADHD medication for their kids to improve their grades. Most parents, in doing so, are unconsciously hooking up their children to a lifetime of drug use which irrevocably may lead to drug abuse, requiring drug rehab.
‘Study drugs’ as they are called are commonly found and used in campuses from Florida to California. The use often leads to drug abuse and the colleges are forced to open up a college rehab program. Ritalin and Adderall are the commonest ADHD medications which students take, in place of ‘No Doz’, to stay up late at night and focus on their notes to get good grades. Adderall is a mix of dextroamphetamine and amphetamine and Ritalin is the drug form f methylphenidate. Both are over the counter drugs now and are used as ADHD treatment drugs and the sale of these two alone accounted for $3.1 billion in the last fiscal year!
Sadly, few people know the real story behind these drugs.Ritalin, for one point, is classified as a schedule 2 drug and is similar to cocaine. It has the same stimulating properties of cocaine and affects the central nervous system directly. Drug rehab is required in the college rehab program when symptoms like drug dependence, weight and appetite loss, insomnia, depression and relapse from withdrawal begin to occur. As you can see the effects are similar to that of street drugs like heroin and cocaine.
The disturbing part is yet to come-Ritalin can not only be taken as a pill, but it can also be crushed into a fine powder to be snorted or liquefied to be injected in order to increase its effects. All these leads to drug addiction requiring drug rehab, or worse-a drug overdose can cause death. So be wary about what you start your kid with. Do not push your child towards high grades; let him/her learn at his/her own pace. If the damage is already done then you will find many good and reputed drug rehab programs which are quite successful. So do not worry!