Are you a student in New York using prescription performance enhancing drugs like Adderall or Ritalin to finish your work in a timely manner? Well, let's hope you've got a rock solid diagnosis because Sen. Chuck Schumer wants to crack down on "academic doping." Schumer is worried about the 35 percent of college kids who use drugs like Aderall without a proper prescription. More and more kids are turning to drugs like Adderall to help them focus and complete their papers. But Schumer thinks students should focus on using classic study aides that he used when he was in school. "There are better ways to pull an all-nighter and stay up. There's coffee, there's things like NoDoz," Schumer told CBS New York.
The New York Senator wants schools to make kids more aware about the negative side effects the drugs can have when they aren't helping you bang out that late English paper on a Sunday night. Schumer wants new, strict regulations in place when classes resume in the fall at New York's colleges to make sure the kids who are receiving the drugs aren't giving them away to their friends:
For students diagnosed at a campus health clinic: Require formal contracts and follow-up diagnostics for that student; and require detailed medical, educational, and psychological history.
For students diagnosed outside of campus health clinic, and seeking to refill prescription: Require mental health evaluations with qualified health practitioner to verify diagnoses; and require parent, guardian verification of diagnoses
So it's safe to assume Schumer isn't on board with the "give Adderall to everyone to make super students" plan, huh?
For now Schumer is putting the onus of responsibility on schools to adopt new restrictions. There are no signs he plans on adopting some kind of legislation that would make these ideas mandatory. So, for now, it appears you're PED use is legal. Remember when baseball was the same way with steroids? The reckoning is coming, children. Graduate while you still can.
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