It has come to the experts’ attention that college students are using ADHD meds all wrong. More precisely, the improper use of the stimulant is becoming a bigger problem among young adults, as a growing percentage shows that they are using the drug without a prescription.
The problem of studying all night for an exam or the need to learn faster is very ‘popular’ among young adults. As as answer to that problem, the simulant Adderall comes to rescue and it seems like its potential is being abused by students and young professionals who believe they need it for a better focus. New research finds misuse of the drug has been growing, and comes with many risks.
Of course, this is not the first attempt to understand the risks of using amphetamines. Previous studies have shown that the use can lead to a harsh range of dangerous side-effects, including dependence, sudden death and serious cardiovascular events, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
About this new study, we know that researchers looked at U.S. trends from 2006 through 2011 specifically regarding concerns and the misuse of stimulants among children and teens. Three national surveys were analyzed, which included those with information on the following: doctors visits, drug use and ER visits. These were used to track stimulant use with such drugs as Adderall and Ritalin/Concerta.
Data showed that over the six-year study period, treatment visits involving Adderall for adults between the ages of 18 and 25 did not change. However, non-medical use of the drug increased by 67% and emergency room visits skyrocketed by 156%. The trends for Ritalin did not change during this period.
On another note, the study found that the most common way of getting non-prescribed Adderall was from family and friends, two-thirds of whom obtained the drug by prescription.
In the light of the new findings, the experts give their best advice. Study co-author Ramin Mojtabai declared that these drugs should be monitored so as to reduce the risk of dependence and so that college-age students can better understand that potential side-effects of the medications.
Also, study co-author Ramin Mojtabai, a professor of mental health at the Bloomberg School, stated that drugs like Adderall should be monitored as is done with prescription drug monitoring programs to reduce the abuse of prescription painkillers.
Many of these college students think stimulants like Adderall are harmless study aids, but there can be serious health risks and they need to be more aware.
he added to his statement.
The conclusion of this study is simple: the awareness needs to raise and proper education is key to improving the problem.
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