Students are using stimulants as study aids. “The drugs have fallen into favor with people without ADHD, people who are looking for an occasional mental boost to get them through a long night of studying. Students say that, while caffeine will keep you awake, prescription stimulants such as Adderall increase your ability to concentrate.
The popularity of stimulant use varies widely among college campuses. According to a national survey of nearly 11,000 students published this year in the journal Addiction, colleges with more competitive admission standards have the highest rates of nonmedical use — up to 25 percent.”