‘Study drugs’ don’t make you smarter, they may make you an addict. ‘It’s not giving your brain superpowers.’

Many college students pound back the coffee or chug an energy drink to stay alert and focused while studying — but some are taking far more severe measures.

Some students illegally purchase so-called “study drugs” or “smart pills,” including prescription stimulants such as Adderall, to stay awake while cramming for an exam or writing an essay.

And instead of becoming smarter, they may become addicted, which can lead to heart attack, stroke, liver disease and death.

Adderall is typically prescribed to people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and attention deficit disorder. It is a central nervous stimulant that has a reverse effect on those with these disorders, making them calm and focused.

People who struggle with the disorders do better on medication, Fairbanks Chief Clinical Officer Robin Parsons said.

Megan Henry/Indianapolis Star