Schumer calls for action on student use of stimulative drugs

Jun 12, 2013

Sen. Charles Schumer called on New York state education officials to curb the abuse of stimulative drugs used to help get students through all-night study sessions.

Schumer asked SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and Committee on Independent Colleges and University President Laura Anglin to take steps to stop abuse of drugs he calls addictive and dangerous.

Schumer claimed that too many students who are not prescribed Attention Deficit Disorder medication, like Adderall and Ritain, are abusing them to pull all-nighters. He said that 15 percent of upstate New York college students use these drugs recreationally.

The senator suggested following up on those who are prescribed the medication at an on campus health clinic and providing information about the drugs at freshman orientation.