HENRY CHUNG, MD: Students may have some kind of manic reaction or a seizure that could occur from taking these medications. Heart rate can speed up. Blood pressure can increase. And if you have some vulnerability to these diseases, you can then have side effects related to those kinds of issues.
ANNOUNCER: One recent study has found that unauthorized prescription stimulant use has risen three percent in one year. And, surprisingly, these drugs are most commonly abused in highly-competitive colleges of the northeastern United States.
HENRY CHUNG, MD: Students and parents have gotten the message over the past decade that the minimum requirement for success is a college degree, and at a prestigious university.
ANNOUNCER: But experts say drug abuse as a reaction to academic pressure may reveal something else.
HENRY CHUNG, MD: It is possible that a student who feels that they may need to use this drug to improve their performance actually does have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, in which case they can be clinically diagnosed and then properly treated and have their treatment supervised by a professional.
ANNOUNCER: Unfortunately, the abuse of these drugs persists as a way for students to get through the pressures they face every day.
STUDENT: As wonderful it is that we can do research at 3:00 in the morning, at some random library and have access to this information, at the same time, teachers can also e-mail us at 11:30 at night saying, "Oh, hey, guess what. I want you to read this by noon tomorrow, and be ready for that." So, lines are never drawn for when you can say, "I am done for today."
ANNOUNCER: In the end, the best remedy for this constant stress may not come in the form of a pill, but in a little perspective. College, after all, is only a small part of your life