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"Study Drugs" An Issue Locally? Mixed Reaction From Students

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SALISBURY, Md. - In exactly one month, many of Salisbury University students will be walking to their final exam of the year.

Sarah Southard, a sophomore, says that finals are "usually when you cram and you usually have to stay awake."

But some may be popping pills, cramming to try to pass their tests. Researchers estimate that close to 30 percent of students nationwide are using stimulants illegally, which includes ADHD medications like Adderall and Ritalin.

Psychologist Kathy Seifert tells 47 ABC that most kids think they need it to stay focused.

"[Students] don't take it all semester, but they sell it to other kids," said Seifert. "It's worth a lot of money on the street, but then comes exam time [students will say], 'oops, I haven't studied, I'll take some just for the exam.'"

Over at Pemberton Pharmacy, owner Craig Schury says he knows the problem persists.

"I think some of it's coming because people have regular prescriptions that they may be giving to their friends, selling to their friends which is not a good thing," said Schury.

On campus, the answers varied amongst students.  

"I do think it's like a huge problem on campus," said junior Aaron Beason. "A lot of people do take it. I think college students do take it, period."

"I don't think it's like a problem," said Southard. "I've heard about it. I haven't done it myself."

"I've seen it a lot on campus, I know a lot of people that have taken it," said senior Kevin McNealy. "There's just a lot going on with classes."

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