Students Pop Prescriptions to Ace Exams

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Mon., December 11, 2006 11:14 p.m.

It’s exam week at Florida State University and students say they'll do anything to make the grade.

For Gabe Gonzalez, it’s Red Bull. For others, prescription stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall.

"I've gotten a few text messages in the past few days like, hey, do you know anyone with Adderall? Do you have it? Can I get it from you?"

John Bollaert admits he's tried taking ADD medication to do better in classes.

"It helps you focus on the material you're trying to study, get that mental edge."

Sophomore Jeff Tamayo says he's gotten text message asking for drugs as well.

"I've heard people going anywhere from five to ten dollars just for one pill. People are paying for it because if not they won't be able to get it."

Pharmacist Paul Peacock says the prescription could really cost you.

"If you were abusing it, you would start out taking a much higher dose than you should take and you could definitely have a cardiac event of some kind. You overstress the heart and what we're talking about is amphetamines."

A heart attack or stroke is pretty serious stuff. Still, some are willing to take the risk.

"People need to get that edge I guess, and they'll do whatever they can to get it," said Gonzalez.

Aside from the health effects, it’s also against the law. Police say it's a crime to take medication you're not prescribed. If caught, you could go to jail.