PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION MISUSE FAQ
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
No – Research shows that students who often use prescription medications as a study drug are often students who don’t regularly attend class, take notes, or keep up with readings or homework assignments. No substance will make up for missing class or not keeping up and does not translate into better grades compared to someone with good study habits.
No, the substance can negatively impair your ability to study and will also impair your performance on the test. The studies that suggest you replicate your study environment refer to healthy behaviors and studying environments, not misusing or abusing prescription medications (ex. consistent scents while studying and during tests)
Studies show that sleeping after studying and getting a good night’s sleep helps someone store the information and re-call it at a later time. You are much better to take a break and get some sleep rather than studying all night when you won’t remember what you studied.
Someone who stops taking some prescription medications after long term misuse or abuse can experience medical emergencies or potentially fatal withdrawal symptoms.
Slowly decreasing use or tapering off of a medication needs to be monitored by a doctor. If in need of immediate medical attention, call 911. The Fontaine Center can provide consultations to connect students with medical professionals to assist someone looking to stop prescription medication misuse or abuse by calling 706-542-8690.