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article imageOne in 10 U.S. teenagers uses 'study drugs'

By Tim Sandle     Jun 9, 2013 in Health
A new report indicates that one in ten teenagers in the U.S. are using "study drugs" (stimulant medicines). Many of these drugs are not designed or approved for keeping someone alert or even awake.
Instead, many of the medications being taken as 'study drugs' are medications intended for the treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in children. Eureka notes that very few of the teens who take these drugs to get through the final days of exam preparation have been prescribed them.
This alarming finding comes from Monitoring the Future, a national survey into teenage behavior in the U.S. The study reveals some the drug misuse various between students. Monitoring the Future found that white students at high school were three times more likely than black students and almost twice more likely than their Hispanic/Latino colleagues to use "study drugs."
Another worrying statistic is that while one in ten teens could be taking performance enhancing substances, the C.S Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health reports that only one in 100 parents believe their child (between 13 and 17) has used these drugs. This could suggest that quite a few parents have little idea about what their children are up to and what meds they might be taking.
Some of these issues are covered in a video by UM Health System:
Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed.
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