Whiteside Manor - Affordable California Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center
We'll help you find and stay on the right path
Call 1-800-300-RECOVER (7326)

. . .

Friday, June 5, 2015

Prescription Stimulant Misuse Starts Before College

People in high school and college are no strangers to prescription stimulants, drugs prescribed for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Many students will take drugs like Adderall ® and Ritalin ®, without prescriptions, in order to gain an edge for prolonged studying and test taking. While stimulant use is the most common among college aged young adults, new research indicates that stimulant use begins much earlier, Medical Xpress reports.

Researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School analyzed data from more than 240,000 teens and young adults. They found that the peak ages for the beginning of prescription stimulant misuse are between 16 and 19. Prescription stimulants are effective for increasing concentration and boosting energy, but the there are a number of side effects that accompany misuse, including:
  • Dependency
  • Hallucinations
  • Suicide
  • Sudden Death
“We need to have a realistic understanding of when young people are beginning to experiment with stimulants, so we can prevent them from misusing for the first time,” study author Elizabeth Austic, PhD, said in a news release.

Most stimulant education and prevention programs have been directed towards college students, according to the article. “People have been thinking this is a college problem, but they just don’t realize how prevalent it is at younger ages,” Austic noted.

The researchers found that prescription stimulant diet pills were most favored by females, while males preferred Adderall ®. The rate of starting stimulant misuse was twice as high among 18-year old females as among males.

The findings were published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for your comment!