Students turning to ADHD, prescription drugs to study - KMSP-TV

Students turning to ADHD, prescription drugs to study

Posted: Updated:
ATLANTA -

A wake-up call for parents of college students heading back to campus. A new report from the U.S. federal government shows thousands of college students are arriving at the emergency rooms across America after taking prescription ADHD drugs.

In many cases, the stimulants weren't even prescribed for them.

A new report from the Public Health Surveillance System - known as the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) shows 23,000 college-aged Americans ended up in the emergency room in 2011 after taking prescription stimulants.

These drugs – like Ritalin, Adderall and Strattera -- are not new, but this study shows they're increasingly ending up in the hands of students getting them from someone else: a friend, family member or another student.

The drugs were being mixed with caffeine and alcohol.

Wendy Dickinson, a psychologist with GROW Counseling in Atlanta, says the reliance on ADHD medications often starts even before college.

"One of the things we're seeing is that students are taking them more and more in high school," Dickinson said. "As they take SATs, as they take some of those college entrance exams, they become dependent on the drugs in order to do better on the exams."

But researchers warn non-medical use of prescription stimulants has been linked to heart and blood vessel problems, and Dickinson says the more you use them, the more you may need them.

"And so if they want to make the grades that they've been making, to be able to study the amount they've been studying, they become addicted to taking that medication in order to be able to perform at that same level," Dickinson said.

ADHD experts are working on developing better criteria for diagnosing attention deficit disorders; the whole idea is to try to prevent people who don't need this medication from getting access to it.
CLICK ON THE VIDEO ABOVE TO WATCH THIS REPORT!

  • Good Day ArchiveMore>>

  • Improve your commute with the "One Bus Away" app

    Improve your commute with the "One Bus Away" app

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:03 AM EDT2014-04-17 13:03:23 GMT
    Don't you hate when you're waiting for mass transit and have no idea when that train or bus will show up? Now, there's an app for that and it's saving people time and money.
    Don't you hate when you're waiting for mass transit and have no idea when that train or bus will show up? Now, there's an app for that and it's saving people time and money.
  • Brewery Celebrates The "Sweet" Life At 420 Fest

    Brewery Celebrates The "Sweet" Life At 420 Fest

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:45 AM EDT2014-04-17 12:45:46 GMT
    A new venue and a major headlining band are set to make this year's 10th Annual SweetWater 420 Fest the biggest yet.
    A new venue and a major headlining band are set to make this year's 10th Annual SweetWater 420 Fest the biggest yet.
  • FOX Medical Team

    Eat for the Test!

    Eat for the Test!

    Thursday, April 17 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-04-17 11:48:58 GMT
    If you want your student to test well, Cheryl Williams, a registered dietitian with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta says breakfast is the most important meal.
    If you want your student to test well, Cheryl Williams, a registered dietitian with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta says breakfast is the most important meal.
  • More Health NewsMore>>

  • Deal signs medical school scholarship regulation

    Deal signs medical school scholarship regulation

    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation requiring some recipients of a state medical school scholarship to work in rural areas.
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has signed legislation to expand a scholarship program that will allow more medical students to practice in high need rural areas.
  • FOX Medical Team

    Eat for the Test!

    Eat for the Test!

    Thursday, April 17 2014 7:48 AM EDT2014-04-17 11:48:58 GMT
    If you want your student to test well, Cheryl Williams, a registered dietitian with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta says breakfast is the most important meal.
    If you want your student to test well, Cheryl Williams, a registered dietitian with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta says breakfast is the most important meal.
  • TV again tied to poor sleep among kids

    TV again tied to poor sleep among kids

    Thursday, April 17 2014 7:19 AM EDT2014-04-17 11:19:13 GMT
    In another blow to kids' pleas to watch more television before bed, a new study suggests increased TV time is linked to less sleep.
    In another blow to kids' pleas to watch more television before bed, a new study suggests increased TV time is linked to less sleep.
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices