The answer is no. Research has shown that the non-medical use of stimulant medications like Adderall® does not boost GPAs for college students and it may possibly lower overall academic achievement. A person who takes a stimulant to increase test scores may do well on a test initially but this can be attributed to the placebo effect. The misuse of prescription stimulant drugs over time may lower grade point averages for students. To improve test scores students should attend classes, take notes, ask questions, study a little each day, join a study group an get a good night’s sleep.
Prescription drugs encompass a wide range of substances used in the treatment of medical conditions or ailments. These drugs are prescribed by a medical doctor and are intended for use solely by the patient to which they are prescribed. It is illegal to share or sell drugs prescribed to you and it is illegal to ingest drugs prescribed to another person.
The most commonly misused prescription drugs on college campuses are prescription stimulants, which include:
- dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine®)
- dextroamphetamine/amphetamine combination product (Adderall®)
- methylphenidate (Ritalin®, Concerta®).
Prescription stimulants are generally used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, or uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep. They increase alertness, attention, and energy.