Adderall abuse among U.S. teenagers has become a major problem. In fact, more teens than ever are using, and abusing, Adderall (a drug often prescribed to treat ADHD), according to results from a survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The survey, titled “Monitoring the Future,” is an ongoing study of middle school students and high school students in the United States. The National Institute on Drug Abuse funds the study so that experts can examine trends and statistics and hopefully come up with a solution to what has become a national epidemic.
Recent data suggests that the federal government’s war on drugs might not be working. Although the survey results indicate that teenage use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs is headed in the right direction and trending downward, the survey results also show that prescription drug abuse is at an all-time high. One of the major drugs of abuse among high school students in this country is Adderall, a drug that is readily available to young people who are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ADHD diagnoses have risen dramatically over the past decade. In fact, more than seven percent of all high school seniors admitted to using Adderall in 2014, a significant increase over the percentage in previous years.
Many of the young people who are using Adderall have a legitimate need for the prescription drug. However, there are also a lot of teenagers who are abusing Adderall by using the drug as a study aid. Additionally, it has become clear to public health officials that far too many teenagers are taking Adderall in combination with alcohol, marijuana and other illegal drugs at parties. Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, observed that many of the teenagers who use Adderall are taking the drug in order to “get high.”
Another major concern for federal officials is that the majority of teenagers who use Adderall are obtaining the prescription drug illegally. Dr. Volkow suggests that this figure could be as high as 80 percent, indicating that the young people abusing Adderall are committing drug possession crimes and prescription fraud.
To learn more about the alarming trend of increased Adderall use by U.S. teenagers, view the AOL.com article, “Adderall Still Abused by Many Teens, Survey Shows.”
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