Catch da Flava Radio - ADHD Drugs, Anxiety and Nootropics

For Catch da Flava’s October 17th show, host Diamond Bailey held a panel discussion about post-secondary students reaching for ADHD drugs and other stimulants to achieve academic success. With students stressed and frazzled, they have turned to studying with the aid of prescription pills that are not necessarily their own.​

With 65 per cent of students surveyed by the Center of innovation for campus Mental Health saying that they experienced overwhelming anxiety in the last year, an increase from 57 per cent in 2013, we agreed that the increased stress students faced should encourage them to look to other coping mechanisms rather than such a dangerous alternative.​

Additionally, we discussed the topic of Nootropics also known as “smart drugs.” They are cognitive enhancers and are yet to be legal, so we wondered whether the government should allow it to be legally sold as it is illegal to sell in Canada. ​

Accordingly, we talked about the many side effects of ADHD drugs and other stimulants which include dizziness, nausea, insomnia, loss of appetite etc. We suggest that colleges and universities should raise awareness as students use prescription pills to aid them in studying. Furthermore, the government should tighten their grip on drugs and stimulants with side effects, as it can become lead to increase in body temperature and breathing rate and in severe cases can cause arrhythmia , which can lead to a blood clot or stroke, according to the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse.​

We believe with better awareness of the use of prescribed ADHD drugs and other stimulants such as Nootropics, students will be aware of the dangerous effects it can have. We want to thank youth panelists Joel Williams, Johanna Brewster, Erika Kakrah, and Beverley Fajardo for joining the discussion.​


By: Diamond Bailey
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