PARENTAL ALERT: Adderall abuse increasing among teens

Parents should be aware of their children’s study habits. A new report by the University of Michigan found a link between studying and the abuse of ADHD medications Adderall and Ritalin.

"The study associates using both stimulant and non-stimulant ADHD medications with greater probability of experimenting with cocaine, methamphetamine, and other prescription stimulants."

Prescribed to treat symptoms of ADHD, the study indicates 25% of middle and high school students abuse stimulants. According to a Fox News report, “Many students are turning to these medications to enhance their academic performance, increase their ability to focus, and stay awake for longer periods.”

Researchers say stimulants commonly used to treat ADHD rank the most misused prescription drug among teens. The concerns do not end there. On college campuses across America, as finals week approaches, young adults also turn to the drugs to stay awake longer and cram.