Assignments accumulating? Exams coming up? Responsibilities increasing? Halfway through this semester, you may be wondering how you’ll make it all happen. As a pharmacologist who works with students, I routinely talk with them about how they grapple with this, and hear their conversations about strategies for success. Maybe your oversize coffee goes everywhere you go. Perhaps your colleague bought some funky herbal product that claims to help with mental performance. Maybe your friend hit up their ADHD classmate for a dose of Ritalin.

If you consider using anything—even large amounts of caffeine—you need to know how that substance may affect you and how to manage or minimize the risks. Read more about the risks of using substances to enhance your focus or brainpower in the March issue of Student Health 101 Online Magazine.

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