Thursday, August 15, 2013

Parents underestimate teen abuse of ADHD drugs

Taking ADHD medication such as Ritalin and Adderall seems to be increasingly popular amongst young people wanting to improve their academic performance.

To examine parents’ awareness about this emerging issue, the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health asked anational sample of parents about their teens’ use of “study drugs” and their level of concern about the misuse of “study drugs” in their communities.

Among parents of 13- to 17-year-olds who have not been prescribed such medicines, 1 in 100 say their teens have used a “study drug” to stay awake to study for an exam or to do homework.  At the same time, 1 in 8 high school seniors report using “study drugs”.   

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