Are Pills Worth the Price of Success?

Mountain View Patch wonders how important is it for parents that their kids get into a top school.

The New York Times front cover article on Sunday, June 10 raised the fact that increasingly high school students abuse prescription drugs to get an advantage in school.

The article, the "Risky Rise of the Good-Grade Pill," takes a look at how drugs like Adderall, Vyvanse, Ritalin and Focalin gave students the focus and energy to take exams and crank out the work that would get them the grades they need to impress the top universities in the country.

However, the drug abuse comes at a cost: the use has side affects, can cause addiction and most importantly, the sell of some of these drugs is as a felony.

Mountain View Patch wondered if people think this happens locally and whether in the very competitive Silicon Valley culture we live in, is the price of admittance into a top university is worth it.


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Claudia Cruz June 11, 2012 at 09:54 PM
I remember the "Beverly Hills 90210" episode back in the mid-1990's where Brian Austin-Green's character took speed to get through all his classes and run the school's radio station. I surmise that this is not a new phenomenon; I just think the "drugs" have changed. Any thoughts?
randy albin June 12, 2012 at 07:43 PM
this is pretty risky business when it comes to prescriptions to alter or change behavioral patterns. it's once again buyer beware when m.d.s or "physicians" are writing and handing out prescriptions as who really knows what these drugs are trying to change or improve


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