Study drugs: magic or medicine?

We’ve all heard of the so-called epidemic of “study drug” abuse. A black market of these pharmaceuticals, used illegally by individuals chasing higher test scores (or just a recreational high), has made its way into educational and professional institutions alike. Journalists are particularly quick to warn of addiction, trips to the emergency room and recess drug-pushing.

I’ll cut to the chase — I take Adderall every day. My family and I jokingly refer to it as “Rachel’s meth.” But off-color humor aside, I cannot stress how much it has improved my perspective and my life as a whole. Experience as both patient and college student has given me a unique perspective on both firsthand experience of the drug as well as some sobering insight into an ongoing social debate.

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