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TOPIC: Twitter Analysis: Adderall Use Spike At Exam Time

Twitter Analysis: Adderall Use Spike At Exam Time 02 May 2013 16:01 #123

Twitter Analysis Finds Spike in Adderall Use, Misuse At Exam Time
Posted May 2, 2013 by Rick Nauert PhD reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

As the spring semester nears the end, a growing number of college students are tweeting about their use of the ADHD medication Adderall.

Twitter allows experts and policymakers the opportunity to track the use of Adderall, in much the same way an outbreak of influenza can be followed as it works its way across the nation.

In the new study, BYU health science and computer science researchers report the findings of their six-month investigation in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Researchers say the study produced two major revelations about Adderall:

-It is mentioned most heavily among students in the northeast and south regions of the U.S.;

-Tweets about Adderall peak sharply during final exam periods.

“Adderall is the most commonly abused prescription stimulant among college students,” said lead researcher Carl Hanson, Ph.D., a professor of health science at BYU.


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