ALBANY, N.Y. — Federal studies show as many as 1 in 3 college students frequently use easy-to-get stimulants without prescriptions to stay awake cramming for exams.
Now U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer is asking New York colleges and universities to implement new standards to make it more difficult for students to get their hands on drugs like Adderall and other medications intended for people struggling with Attention Deficit Disorder and other concerns.
Abuse of the drugs can lead to serious side effects, including depression, anxiety and psychosis.
Many colleges outside New York have tightened controls or refused to dispense the drugs.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found most full-time college students who had used Adderall without a valid prescription more often engaged in binge drinking and other drugs.