ADHD stimulants are prescription medications designed to address the symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, which typically appears in childhood and can continue to exert its effects in adulthood. Significant numbers of people abuse these medications by taking them without a prescription or using them in ways not sanctioned by a prescribing doctor. In a study published in 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a team of American researchers examined how often people who abuse a stimulant ADHD medication also have problems related to the use/misuse of at least one other type of substance.
The prescription drug Adderall is favored by college students looking to improve academic performance and keep up with hectic schedules. Adderall first entered the market in 1996 as direct competition for Ritalin, which had long been used to help manage symptoms of attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
People use social media to make plans, reconnect after a long separation, raise awareness and share thoughts on breaking news. Now it’s being mined for insight into how illnesses spread and how social media use may predict mental health symptoms.
College kids cheating on tests isn’t anything new. What might surprise people is to read that college kids, many college kids, are cheating on doctor’s diagnostic tests in order to get a prescription for medication. Now, however, there are tests designed to catch these students in the act of faking attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms.
Abuse of prescription medications is a significant problem on college campuses. And according to the Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention the problem is growing.
Teens are constantly inventing new and more dangerous ways to take risks. Unless parents work hard to stay informed and aware of teen culture, one can get left behind. Conversely, in-the-know parents can help teens think through and avoid risky and potentially life-threatening behavior. With that in mind, here are a few of the ways teens are abusing substances in order to “get wasted” these days.
When a young person leaves for college, the focus is often, for both parents and the student, on academics and social life. Parents and teens may both wonder if the student is ready to navigate difficult academic requirements and manage studies in the face of new freedoms related to social relationships.
Non-medical prescription drug use is a serious problem in the United States. While drug use often conjures up associations like dark alleys and abandoned buildings, the reality may be less obvious but just as dangerous. Many drug users are finding what they need in family medicine cabinets, in the form of prescription painkillers.
College is often seen as a time of exploration. Students seek out opportunities to develop their interests, often stumbling across a new type of science or art that ignites a new career. The exploration also extends to other parts of life, with students trying alcohol or other substances.
The prescription drug, Adderall has been in high demand lately and children with ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are the ones really suffering, according to an online post at Top News. Evidently, there are lots of college aged students that are accused of causing the shortages because they are using the drug to increase their focus and grasping capabilities.