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Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) is asking New York colleges and universities to place tougher standards that would make it hard for students to abuse stimulants like Adderall.

Schumer during a Sunday afternoon press conference said between 15 and 35 percent of college students frequently use Adderall to stay up to study. He said students shouldn't’ be able to get amphetamine-based drugs like Adderall without a legitimate diagnosis and prescription.

The senator said there are several side effects when used with a doctor’s supervision, including depression and anxiety.

"When used properly to treat a legitimately diagnosed attention disorder, drugs like Adderall and Ritalin can help students focus and learn, but all too often these cases are the minority on college campuses. Plain and simple: using Adderall as a study drug is academic doping, and what's more, it can lead to abuse and serious negative effects like depression, anxiety, and in some cases, psychosis," said Schumer.

Schumer wants university officials to make it harder for the drugs to get into the hands of students who abuse them and urged colleges and universities not to prescribe Adderall and similar drugs on campus.

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