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The Wrong Way to Prepare for Finals

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A recent study shows more than half of all college students taking medication for ADD have given or sold their medicine to students who don't have a prescription.

University Nebraska Kearney nurse practitioner Cindy Matson says some of her patients have reported complaints.

"I have had my patients come in and tell me that they have students offer them money or ask to borrow it or try that, I make it very clear anytime I prescribe medication the possible consequences," said Matson.

The students we spoke with say it's not anything they'd try.

"I noticed people take it for the ACT for high school, but I haven't noticed a problem at UNK," said Nicollette Cowan.

"Here at UNK I haven't noticed a problem in anyone taking drugs or anything like that," said Darren Mason.

Prescription drugs like Adderall or Riddlin can help a student focus while they are studying, but it can cause harm to someone the drug is not meant for.

"It can cause increases in heart rate, blood pressure it has a lot of potential side effects and adverse reaction that we screen for to make sure it is safe. Someone taking another person's medication could put their health at serious risk," said Matson.

Matson says she gives her patients an intense screening process when she prescribes medication.

She gives them a lecture of the consequences of giving away their medicine and warns them they may be approached by other students for the pills.

"I do know cases where people have been caught. They can ruin their academic career; they can ruin potential future in getting hired for jobs. There are a lot better ways to prepare for finals than taking someone else's medication," said Matson.

Additionally, it is a crime to sell your prescription medications as well as taking medication that is prescribed to someone else -- and it's something the courts take very seriously.

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