Prescription drug abuse. It’s in the news. And now it’s linked to better grades in the minds of school children? Apparently so. My colleague, Eric Nelson, writing for the September 7, 2015 edition of Communities Digital News, sites a disturbing interview but encourages parents to help students gain a more spiritual view of their identity and purpose. Here’s Eric:
It used to be all you needed to do well on your high school calculus test was a disciplined study plan, a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast. Nowadays you might want to add a dose or two of Adderall or Ritalin as well. Or so some would recommend.
The pressure to get good grades in order to be accepted by the best colleges and universities, combined with an often crushing load of extracurricular activities, has convinced an increasing number of high school students that the only way to stay ahead is through the use – and frequent abuse – of prescription drugs.
“It’s throughout all the private schools here,” said DeAnsin Parker, a New York psychologist who treats kids from affluent neighborhoods like the Upper East Side, in an interview with the New York Times. “It’s not as if there is one school where this is the culture. This is the culture.”
Adding to the problem is the fact that these drugs are all perfectly legal, although not always obtained by legitimate means….