A Look at Stimulant (Adderall, Ritalin, etc.) Dependency in Students

A recent article in the CMAJ drew critical attention to an increasing number of students using stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin to increase academic performance.

The authors noted a study proving the ineffectiveness of drugs like Adderall and Ritalin in improving cognition versus a placebo in healthy individuals. They also compare the side-effects of these stimulants with cocaine.

This is actually a pretty good read, packed with less of the convoluted bullshit that most academic and medical journals seem to view as a requirement.

I’m not sure about performance, but both of these drugs sure make writing footnotes interesting as hell. Enjoy!

http://www.cmaj.ca/content/183/12/1345

Here’s another one on a similar note from Psychology Today written by a University of Texas professor.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/ulterior-motives/201109/are-adhd-drugs-smart-pills

and see http://www.adderallsideeffects.com/ for more information.

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