The topic of opioid replacement therapy is a touchy one. On the one hand, ever since Methadone was first synthesized it has “successfully” helped millions of addicts curb their addictive behavior centered on opiates such as heroin and painkillers. On the other, Methadone also causes thousands of deaths each year in the United States and ultimately keeps the user “strung out” on opioids. So does the drug provide any sort of real benefit? Or is it just ultimately delaying the inevitability of the need to get completely sober?
As competition increases amongst college students (for better grades, internships and ultimately jobs), so does the pressure to perform. And today, more and more students are turning to so-called “study drugs” (typically stimulants prescribed for the treatment of ADD or ADHD, such as Adderall) to help them increase productivity. But with a high potential for abuse and serious side effects, these drugs are creating serious problems for colleges (and their students).