Survey: Many Young Adults Abusing Stimulant Medications For AD/HD

HealthDay (11/14, Haelle) reports that according to a survey sponsored by the group Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, approximately 20 percent of college students abuse “prescription stimulants.” In the online survey of some 1,600 young people ranging in age from 18 to 25, about a 1,000 of whom were attending college, young adults reported using the medicines “to help them stay awake, study or improve their work or school performance.” Notably, “the most commonly abused stimulants are those typically prescribed for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD)…the survey found.”

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— “ADHD Stimulant Drug Abuse Common Among Young Adults: Survey,” Tara Haelle, HealthDay, November 13, 2014.

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