Informative Speech Study Drugs and College Students Essay

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Informative Speech
Study Drugs and College Students

I. Introduction

A. Attention Getter: "I reached into my backpack, grabbed an Adderall, and went to the bathroom. I smashed it on the bathroom sink and snorted it. I went back to my class and zipped through the rest of my exam, and it made all the difference." This student incident was found in a 2005 article published by Baylor University on the alarming use of “study drugs.”
B. Thesis: Many of you may be unfamiliar with such a topic, so today I will cover the mysterious world of study drugs and the hidden dangers associated with them.
C. Significance to Audience: Most of us are here because we all want to transfer to the best school as possible. And we will do whatever it
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i. Sub3 point: But unlike the calming effects the medication produces in people with this disorder, individuals without ADHD will experience higher energy, extreme confidence boost and be able to hyper focus, as stated in Rod Calvin’s book Prescription Drug Addiction.

2. Sub Point: Methylphenidate is the next type of drug, marketed under the name Ritalin.
a. Sub-Sub point: It is similar to Adderall in various as to how it effects the brain, for it is also a stimulant compound that affects the motor activity of the central nervous system.

Transition: So those are the most common types of study drugs, and now to explore why non ADHD people would take.

C. Main Point: Simply to put it, people take them to improve focus, energy & gain an extreme edge against their academic competition. I remember during midterm’s week 2 students in one of my class’s talk about their study drug-fueled cramming sessions. “When was the last time you slept?” “Two days ago…” “And you’ve been up all this time studying?” “Yeah.”
1. Sub Point: Baylor University does a nice job of summing up student motives of such drastic behavior in its 2005 article “Study Drugs Still Popular despite Health Risks”.
a. Sub-Sub point: According to the article, students use such drugs “to retain energy for rigorous study periods over several hours, sometimes extending overnight.”
i. Sub3 point: Simply, students…