Abuse of Ritalin on a rise among teenagersRitalin has emerged as the obvious choice of a huge majority of sleep-deprived teenagers who are struggling to make the grade.

Undergraduates, as well as high school SAT-takers, are turning to prescription stimulants for boosting the levels of concentration to stay ahead of competition without feeling the heat of burning the oil in night.

According to a study by the University of Michigan Substance Abuse Research Center, it was found that ten percent of college students tend to use stimulants on an illegal basis at some point in their college years.

From News-Medical.Net:

“Most students who use their friend’s stimulants do it to improve performance,” said Scott Teitelbaum, M.D., medical director of the Florida Recovery Center at UF. “It’s like athletes taking steroids – the idea that you can study better, harder, longer, as if you were hitting a ball farther.”

But the pills won’t make up for a semester of slacking off, said Teitelbaum.

“When you look at the students that use illicit (stimulants), their performance at school is worse,” Teitelbaum said. “And that’s probably because the need to use the drug reflects them being behind, and needing to cram and catch up.”

Ritalin revs up the central nervous system, creating feelings of alertness that fall somewhere between those produced by caffeine and cocaine.

“If you look at Ritalin structurally, it’s the closest relative to cocaine,” said Teitelbaum. “I think it depends on the dose one is taking, and why they’re taking it. Some people take stimulants solely for the effect on concentration. Other people are taking it for the buzz.”

Pharmaceutical abuse is on the rise among teens, surpassing the combined rates of crack/cocaine, Ecstasy, heroin and methamphetamine abuse, according to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. Experts predict the trend will continue because the pills are inexpensive and widely available.

“Unlike cocaine, you can get Ritalin very cheaply from your friends because all they need is their co-pay,” Teitelbaum said. “There’s a great availability.”

From the above conclusions, it can be easily found out that usage of illicit drugs is still on a rampant rise despite the United States government trying its best to eradicate drugs.