Teens using “study drugs”: More common than parents think

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May 31, 2013

Teens can face a great deal of pressure as they compete for scholarships and admission to the top universities. Some teens try to gain an academic edge by turning to “study drugs”, stimulant medications typically prescribed for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

In a recent report from Monitoring the Future, 1 in 10 high school sophomores and 1 in 8 high school seniors say they have used “study drugs”. But in our latest NPCH Report, only 1 in 100 parents think their teens have used these drugs. Read the full report: One in ten teens using “study drugs,” but are parents paying attention?

Parents' perceptions of their teens' "study drug" use compared with teens' self-reported use
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Even though most parents in this poll aren’t aware that their teens have used “study drugs”, half of the parents surveyed say they’re “very concerned” about other children and teens in their communities using “study drugs”. But despite this concern, only about one-quarter of parents have talked to their teens about “study drugs”.

Taking prescription medications that aren’t prescribed to you can cause serious health problems. Learn more in this brief video with pediatrician and NPCH director Dr. Matt Davis.

Are you concerned about “study drug” use in your community? Have you talked to your teens about it? Share you experience in the comments section.

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