Drugs like Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, Concerta and Focalin have been prescribed to kids diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder for years. But the apparent “uses” of the substances don’t stop there. According to recent articles, more and more high school and college students are turning to these drugs, called “Good Grade Pills” because they believe that taking them can help them to get ahead in school.

The trend, that was primarily happening on college campuses has made its way into high schools in a big way making many wonder if those students who are “over-achieving” actually high on these stimulant drugs?

Why Prescribing These Drugs At All Is Dangerous

Many wonder why the trend has caught on in so many high schools with students experiencing a risky rise of Good Grade Pills. Well, according to recent statistics the number of legal prescriptions of these drugs rose 26% for those ages 10 to 19. The United States now writes 21 million prescriptions per year for these substances.

Because these drugs are so available many more kids have accesses to the drugs now than ever before. This coupled with the fact that teens feel that the drugs are not dangerous or addictive because they are “legally prescribed” is a recipe for disaster.

A teen can easily be introduced to Good Grade Pills from a friend or even a family member and then visit a doctor for a legal prescription. If they know the symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder, they can easily lie to get the pills; beginning a drug problem that they are dangerously unaware of.

Risks Of Prescription Stimulants

Prescription stimulants are just as addictive as illicit drugs like methamphetamine and cocaine. They are also some of the biggest gateway drugs in existence; leading users to much harder substances. In fact Narconon centers across the country have spoken to many recovering cocaine and meth addicts, only to find out that their addictions began with legal prescriptions like Adderall or Ritalin, among others.

The drugs also carry with them many health risks and side effects including:

•    Stroke
•    Heart Attack
•    Increase in blood pressure.
•    Increase in heart rate.
•    Aggressive Behavior
•    Hostility
•    Mood Swings
•    Depression
•    Suicidal Thoughts
•    Suicidal Actions
•    Seizures
•    Slowing of growth.
•    Eyesight problems like blurry vision.
•    Headache
•    Stomachache
•    Decreased Appetite
•    Weight Loss
•    Dizziness
•    Dry Mouth

Signs That A Teen Is Abusing Good Grade Pills

There are several signs that indicate that a young person may be taking Good Grade Pills. Parents, educators, other family and friends should be aware of these and help the individual to get immediate help to stop taking these drugs.

Some of the most common signs are:

1.    Trying to get a valid prescription for one of the drugs or asking for them by name.
2.    Staying up for long periods, inability to sleep at night and then crashing.
3.    Experiencing major mood swings or feeling good one minute and bad the next.
4.    Withdrawal from family and friends.
5.    Being emotional, depressed or sad for no apparent reason.
6.    Money troubles; losing money or never having any money.
7.    Inability to handle responsibility, hold a job or keep agreements.
8.    Committing crimes like theft or attempting to get fraudulent prescriptions.
9.    Supporting drug use or the drug culture with actions, dress or communication to others.
10.    Complaining that one cannot get ahead in school without some type of help, i.e. drugs.

If someone is using Good Grade Pills, they need immediate help through Narconon centers or other programs that use long term rehabilitation methods that are completely drug free.

Sources:
http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/06/11/good-grade-pills-how-high-school-students-are-using-prescription-drugs-to-get-ahead/
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm085819.pdf

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