NY Sen. Chuck Schumer Wants Colleges To Stop ‘Academic Doping’

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New York senator, Chuck Schumer, wants colleges to crack down on students taking stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin to help speed up their studying. According to Schumer, up to 35 percent of all college kids report using stimulants to help them stay up and cram, The New York Daily News reported.

"That's sort of academic doping," Schumer said. "There are better ways to pull an all-nighter and stay up. There's coffee, there's things like NoDoz."

Schumer said it is too easy for students to get their hands on the prescription drugs and that schools must implement new standards for diagnosing and monitoring students seeking pills.

"For somebody to call up and say 'well, my doctor prescribed it at home, send me pills, here's the prescription number,' that's not good enough," Schumer said. "If a student gets 100 or 200 Adderall pills — even if they are legitimately entitled —  they may lend a bunch to their friends."

He cautioned that amphetamines like Adderall can have side effects like depression and anxiety.

The senator proposed the following policy changes:

“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.”

Sources: The New York Daily News,  CBS News