Study Drugs in Westchester, Putnam or Rockland Schools? [POLL]

A national story spotlights the illegal use of Adderall in high schools; have you encountered it locally?

A New York Times story with national scope took a local focus this week, unpacking the use and impacts of study drugs across the country and in Westchester.

Reporter Alan Schwarz speaks with parents, students and health professionals from coast-to-coast about teens' prevalent and illegal use of Adderall—a drug prescribed to battle A.D.H.D.—to study longer and perform better in competitive high school environments. 

Schwarz sits down with the Sklars, a family nestled in Ardsley—a village housing a high school that graduates an impressive number of Ivy-bound seniors each year.

Dodi Sklar, the mother of Ardsley High School ninth-grader Jonathan, sounded-off the the rise of yet another parental anxiety.

"As a parent you worry about driving, you worry about drinking, you worry about all kinds of health and mental issues, social issues. Now I have to worry about this, too? Really? This shouldn’t be what they need to do to get where they want to."

Jonathan noted his mother's qualms aren't unfounded, either—several classmates, still years away from SAT and college-application stresses, abuse stimulants to stay on top of their workloads, he said.

The NYT story is sprawling and touches on everything from psychological affects to the trend's catalyst. And Patch wants to know if the culture outlined in the story something that's familiar to your community. Vote in the below poll, and sound-off in the comments.

Nat June 13, 2012 at 11:04 AM
A 37 year old Manhattan bachelor told me that his friends take these drugs to party. My son says "everyone" is taking them to study in college.
George Datino June 13, 2012 at 11:06 AM
Are we now in the "Steriod Era" of education?
John Taggart June 13, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I think this is crazy and will just lead to more prescription drug dependance, great for big farma. I am diagnosed with ADHD I'm 45 have probably had it my whole life I consider myself a success and don't take meds. I know some people need meds but I've seen psych drugs do more harm than good. Perscription drugs are the most addictive (physically and mentally) and deadly in this country. College kids are probably amazed they can party all night and still pass a test. That amazement WILL turn into abuse. They will find they always NEED something and there is no shortage of doctors that will prescribe anything YOU say you need. In the end they will go through life popping pills every day just to get through the day. The consequences will be around the corner....and big farma gets $$$. Alot of scientists have ADHD, the stereo typical jumping from one thing to another, seemingly forgetful, shirt buttoned wrong type, Einstine was one. Would these geniuses have existed if they were drugged as children? I repeat this is crazy!
Melissa J Peltier June 13, 2012 at 01:56 PM
These drugs are as commonplace in colleges now as No-Doze was when I was in school. You forget, however, another scary illegal use - girls are taking aderall for it's appetite-supressing qualities, in order to lose weight (or maintain very low weights.) The longterm use of such drugs by those who don't need them has not been studied yet.
Tony June 16, 2012 at 11:04 PM
The country lets it happen so they can make Billions of dollars, I think its a bunch of Bull if your going to try to tell me you need perscription drugs or anything other then coffe or chocolate to stay up and study, isnt that an oxymoron, I use drugs to study for school...Darn I need Weed so I can see, or I need volume to calm me from being stressed from being all day with my kids give me a break if your going to take drugs be a real man or women or adult and say it....Excuess me while I go take a Viagra and use some extacy cause it helps me dance and have sex


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