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Students turn to ADHD drugs for help with final exams

SPOKANE, Wash. - Most college students are out for the summer now, finished with those final papers and exams, but it may surprise you to find out how some of those students were able to get through those stressful few weeks by taking medications meant for hyper children.

This is the grind time at the end of the semester. With term papers due and exams coming up back to back to back, the pressure is on for every student to perform.

Coffee shops have always been popular, but thousands of college students have found there's a pill that gives them a brain gain.

Adderall and Ritalin, the stimulants prescribed for kids with ADHD, are now being used as a neuro enhancer by normal students.

"It's the American way of people wanting a quick fix for an issue that is not a quick fix," said pediatric neurologist Dr. Max Wiznitzer. "There is going to be a subgroup where it clearly does give them a better energy, a bit more focus to get things done in a more efficient manner. But it's not a substitute for learning the right skills."

Some students who take Adderal or Ritalin too much can over focus and lose sight of the bigger perspective.

Taking the drug un-supervised can be dangerous.

A government study issued to the FDA shows 25 sudden deaths between 1999 and 2003 among people taking the stimulants.
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