Adderall Abuse on the Rise on College Campuses

 
About one in three college students report using Adderall or Ritalin in a “non-medical” way, according to NIDA study.

Although Adderall and other stimulants designed to treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) have been proven effective when used as prescribed, the misuse and abuse of these prescription drugs by young adults continues to rise. In particular, the diversion and illegal sales of Adderall continues to be a problem on college campuses. In a study published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, researchers revealed that nonmedical use of Adderall rose 67% from 2005 to 2011 among people ages 18 to 25.

Even more disturbing, Adderall-related emergency department visits went up by a whopping 156% since 2006. High school and college students are not using Adderall, a combination of amphetamine and dextroamphetamine, to get high and party. Instead, the drug has become the most popular study aid on campus.

It also could be lurking in your own home. The study shows that around 7.5% of high school seniors have reported using some form of prescription amphetamine in 2015. With the pressure to succeed intensified, Adderall is seen by many young people as an essential addition to the formula for success.

The study also found that over-prescription of the drug turns out not to be the primary cause of the problem, suggesting that the situation is more complicated. Co-author Dr. Ramin Mojtabai, a physician and researcher at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, pointed out that nearly 70% of those who used Adderall “non-medically” reported not having a prescription and getting it from friends or family.

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