Like a lot of people, I started yesterday off with a cup of coffee, the French Open and the New York Times. My plan was to focus on my man Rafa while flipping through the style section which featured a nice spread on my man Ryan Lochte. But when I saw the Page One, Above the Fold headline Risky Rise of the Good Grade Pill: Taking Stimulants not for a High, but for a Higher SAT Score, my intentions went out the window. Raf and Ryan could wait. I was riveted by the story of high school juniors and seniors using stimulants prescribed for ADHD to stay on top academically while under tremendous pressure to perform at the highest levels all the time. Drugs like Adderall have become “Academic Steroids” with he results being good grades and acceptances to top-notch colleges.
Maybe I was the last parent to know that kids did this, but I doubt it. I was stunned and shocked at the duplicity of the pill sellers and the matter-of-fact attitude of the pill takers. I was also incredibly saddened that a small slice of this generation will grow up emotionally -dependent upon a magic pill to get them through a job interview or big presentation at work.
Read the article here and listen to the Chaos Chronicles. Then let’s discuss below. Is this prevalent in your community? Have you talked to your kids about this kind of drug abuse? Is the pressure on high school kids real ( genuinely parent-driven) or is some of the drug-taking typical teen behavior?
Also on the show this week:
Sex, Lies and Shopping: Self Magazine’s shocking survey on how we deal with money and spending in relationships
Bag build-up: The impending Plastic Bag Ban has Lian hoarding grocery bags
Plus, The Panini Generation: More on Aging Parents