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ADD Drugs on Campus 13 Jun 2013 13:03 #194

ADD Drugs on Campus
Posted by by Carl Sherman, Ph.D.

Going to college is an exciting time in the life of any young adult. For young people with AD/HD, it's a special challenge. They're trading old routines for the freedom and responsibility of structuring their own time - and facing new intellectual challenges while forging new relationships. To complicate matters, these youngsters may find that the medication they've been taking for years has suddenly become very interesting - to their fellow students.

It's no secret that some college students experiment with drugs. These days, the abuse isn't limited to painkillers, tranquilizers, and street drugs like marijuana and cocaine. College students are swallowing, snorting, and even injecting stimulants typically prescribed to treat AD/HD.

Kids with AD/HD are unlikely to be among the abusers; evidence suggests that most view the drugs as a way to get where they need to go, not tickets to a joyride. But the popularity of AD/HD drugs among those who do not have AD/HD can make life very complicated for those who do.

Students who decline requests to hand over "just a few pills" may lose friends. Students who do give away (or sell) pills may skip doses - and wind up under-medicated. No matter what these youngsters do, they are subject to the innuendo that the drugs they take in order to function normally give them an unfair advantage. "They know that it helps them concentrate better," says Mark Freeman, Ph.D., president of the American College Counselors Association. "They may wonder if they are, in fact, getting an unfair advantage."


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