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BY CHRISTOPHER TENNANTSTUDENTCOM CORRESPONDENTWhen David Green gets ready to write a term paper he boots up his computer pulls his chair close to his desk and draws a deep breath He crushes a tablet of Ritalin beneath a textbook leans over his desk blotter and inhales the small mound of white powder The Harvard sophomore says Ritalin a concentration drug for which he does not have a prescription helps him focus on his schoolwork In all honesty I havent written a paper without Ritalin since my junior year in high school I even wrote my Harvard essay on it said Green whose name has been changed to protect his identity It keeps you up when youre tired and makes you much more aware of what youre doing Although there are certain risks involved I think its worth it From cups of joe to rails of blow college students abuse of stimulants is hardly a new phenomenon Amphetamine-based drugs like Ritalin have long been among the sedulous sets favorite fuels for all-night study sessions But as college becomes more competitive and time grows more precious students at campuses across the country have begun experimenting with Ritalin Some swallow pills while others crush tablets into powder and snort the drug like they would cocaine Students report abuse has become so common and students like the drug so much that fraternities are stockpiling it with the same vigilance they take to ensure they never run out of beer Abuse Began at Northeast Prep Schools Ritalin abuse was first noticed at New England prep schools where access is easy because so many students have Ritalin prescriptions often not warranted by medical need said Dr Eric Heiligenstein head of psychiatry for the University of Wisconsin Health Services The first time I ever heard about Ritalin abuse was a few years ago from a student who had gone to a prep school in Connecticut Heiligenstein said The student talked about people
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