The pros are that it might help students get away from drugs, and it may help someone see the consequences to drugs. The cons are that the tests are expensive, and these tests may come back as a false positive. A comment is that all school faculty should be drug tested. As you can see, there are many good and bad sides to drug testing students. Writing this paper has made me see some of the good sides of drug testing students, however I still think that students shouldn’t be drug tested.
ADHD Stimulant Medication Abuse and Misuse Among U.S. Teens Over the last decade, a new epidemic has risen in America regarding the sustained trend in teens abusing and misusing stimulant drugs prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), specifically Ritalin and Adderall. There has been an increase in the number of teens diagnosed with ADHD and practitioners prescribing stimulants as treatment. These drugs are known in the teen community as the so-called “study drug”. An alarming high percentage of teens that are not diagnosed with ADHD are using this drug in attempt to achieve academic success as well as abusing it for recreational purposes.
According a study conducted by the University of Michigan, 7.4 percent of seniors in high school have abused Adderall last year. [“Adderall Abuse Increases Among High School Students”] In addition, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that full time college students (ages eighteen to twenty-two) are twice as likely to abuse the drug [“Adderall Addiction: Students Misuse Drug to Gain Boost While Studying.”]. Why is Adderall so popular among adolescents and young students? Although some adolescents use the drug in order to feel the hyperactive “speed” effect, many more use it in order to focus on their academic pursuits. Students often take Adderall studying and/or before taking finals, SATs, ACTs, projects, and other stressful school work so they can help ensure higher grades and maintain a high GPA.
High school students are leaders to younger kids and many others in their community. As a leader these student must show others what good character is like, but instead they are destroying their lives by doing drugs. In the past decade the drug use among high school students is on the rise once again. With the internet, their exposure to drugs is much greater. High school students are convinced that they are able to get away with using drugs.
It is important for students to reach out to friends, family, or professionals to support them during this time. Many campuses offer counseling centers which are seeing many more people over the past few years. In the past 35 years the suicide rate for college campuses has tripled (Oswalt 1995). This shows that there is a clear need for something to be addressed within the college community. The recent surveys show that about 10-15% of college students are depressed (Lindsey 2009).
Not only is it not good enough to just have perfect grades, but you have to strive for perfection in other areas to stand out. High school is putting more and more stress on students every year. The stress that some students experience can be life altering and fatal. The American education system has put unrealistic expectations on high school students, causing a great deal of stress, which produces mental and physical illness. High school students are putting more stress on themselves due to the lengthy list of recommended qualifications to get into the best colleges.
The misuse of prescription drugs among college students is a growing problem for this generation. There are more students taking non-prescribed prescription drugs for various reasons than ever before. The dangers associated with this are not well known and students do not realize the damage they are doing to themselves now, and the effects it will have on their body and mind in the future. Young people should be educated on this subject and recognize the risks they are taking by consuming these medications. Some use for recreational purposes and some simply use it to stay up late and study, not realizing that one is just as dangerous as the other.
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(Ho 1) The amount of academic cheating has drastically risen within the last 50 years among students all around the world. Technology has also advanced to the point where a click of a touchscreen can share answers to the most recent test or even the actual test. Another way that students choose to cheat is by taking brain performance-enhancing drugs. Adderall is one of those brain performance-enhancing drugs. It allows the mind to focus extensively for a certain amount of time.
These substances are becoming more and more frequent throughout high school students and college students, the bodily harm the abuse causes takes action at a much earlier age. The problem of drug and alcohol abuse starts at a young age, were teenagers start to experiment with different substances. Peer pressure plays an enormous role in teenager’s decision to take a substance. Adolescence’s have almost always started drinking because of peer pressure, in an attempt to be accepted and included in the group. The pressures facing young kids in high school and college face to be “cool” is unreasonably high.