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JoinTogether and the Partnership at DrugFree.org just reported the findings from a survey conducted that found 35 percent of teens think that prescription stimulant abuse is a problem.
Headed by researcher Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH, the results were shared at the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence. She is the Chair of the Department of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions and College of Medicine at the University of Florida in Gainesville.
The study included input from 11,000 young people between the ages of 10 and 18 across the country from areas such as Boston, Philadelphia, New York, Tampa, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Houston, Denver, Seattle and Los Angeles. One of the intents was to identify better ways of preventing the behavior.
Prescription stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall have continued to be an increasing problem among teens and young adults. As the number of prescriptions have risen, so has the access to the drugs among their peers, and common misconception is still that medications are less dangerous than street drugs.
If you have a loved one abusing a prescription stimulant, contact Family First for more information about interventions for Ritalin and Adderall today.