Study Shows More than a Third of Teens Think Prescription Stimulants are a Problem

adderallJoinTogether and the Partnership at 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.

Mike Loverde

As a Certified Intervention Professional (CIP), member of NAATP, NAADAC, and accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board, Mike Loverde knows first-hand what it’s like to live life with addiction. By overcoming it, he had a calling to work with others who struggle with drug and alcohol addictions—the people who use and the families who feel helpless watching them decay.

With thousands of interventions across the United States done and many more to come, Loverde continues to own the intervention space, since 2005, by working with medical doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists and others who need expert assistance for their patients who need intervention. To further his impact on behavioral health and maximize intervention effectiveness, Loverde is near completion of a Masters in Addiction Studies (MHS) accreditation, as well as a Licensed Independent Substance Abuse Counselor (LISAC), and is committed to attaining the designation of a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).

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