May 21, 2013: Adderall, Concerta, Ritalin, and Vyvanse -- stimulant medications "typically prescribed for treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- but commonly used by teens as a "study drug," according to a May 17th report from the University of Michigan reported yesterday in ScienceDaily.
Oh, and the kicker: 10% of teens are taking study drugs -- and only 1% of the parents are aware of it.
...Among parents of teens who have not been prescribed a stimulant medication for ADHD, just 1% said they believe their teen has used a study drug to help study or improve grades, according to the latest University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health. However, recent national data from Monitoring the Future indicate that 10% of high school sophomores and 12% of high school seniors say they've used an amphetamine or stimulant medication not prescribed by their doctor.
Sometimes students without ADHD take someone else's medication, to try to stay awake and alert and try to improve their scores on exams or assignments. Taking study drugs has not been proven to improve students' grades, and it can be very dangerous to their health, says Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., director of the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health.
"Taking these medications when they are not prescribed for you can lead to acute exhaustion, abnormal heart rhythms and even confusion and psychosis if the teens get addicted and go into withdrawal," says Davis....