Sen. Charles Schumer wants to make it harder for college students to acquire prescription drugs like Adderall, and is asking the state's colleges to implement tougher standards for students to acquire stimulants without a prescription. NY1's Michael Herzenberg filed the following report.
Manhattan's Washington Square Park fills with all kinds of people when the weather is nice, especially college students. All know about the abuse of Adderall.
"Three out of five students that are at poly are maybe using Adderall. Students in all disciplines: Engineering, digital media, finance they say they use it to study. It's a shortcut and there really is no shortcuts," said one NYU junior.
"The market for it basically turns huge during finals and midterms. Other than that I guess people use it recreationally at parties sometimes it can be crushed up and snorted," said another college student.
In fact, it's not hard to find college kids lounging on the lawn who have used the drug prescribed for attention deficit disorder even though they don't struggle with that condition.
"I had to study for midterms and I was just behind on work and I took it and I studied from eight in the morning until 10 at night," said one NYU sophomore.
The sophomore says he took Adderall twice. He didn't want to reveal his name.
"If you're using Adderall for any reason other than for attention deficit disorder you're basically using speed," said Dr. Samuel Altstein of Beth Israel Medical Group.
Dr. Altstein warns of the danger of long-term abuse that includes depression, anxiety and psychosis. Physically, it can lead to heart failure. He says he deals with people looking for Adderall just about everyday.
He says he says no to patients at least a couple times a month.
"It's vastly overprescribed, overused and misused by a lot of people," Alstein said.
Senator Charles Schumer on Sunday called on public and private colleges and universities to do more to combat Adderall abuse.
Schumer estimates that 64,000 New York City college student have abused Adderall.
A state law is going into effect that will mandate doctors check a real-time prescription drug registry before giving out any prescription medication.
Medical professionals feel that will help fix the problem.