Is there really an epidemic of teens taking ADHD drugs to get good grades?

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Data shows clearly that we are not even close to the all time peak of misuse of prescription stimulants by high-school students.

According to a front page story in Sunday’s New York Times, there’s an epidemic in America’s selective high schools: high-achieving students under pressure to succeed are increasingly abusing stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall, which they consider as essential as SAT tutors for getting into an Ivy League college.  But the data from national surveys on stimulant use tells a very different story.

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Nationwide shortage of ADHD drugs prompts hundreds of calls daily to the FDA

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Shortages of medicines like Ritalin and Adderall are so endemic that some patients say they worry almost constantly about availability.

Drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are in such short supply that hundreds of patients complain daily to the Food and Drug Administration that they are unable to find a pharmacy with enough pills to fill their prescriptions.

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American Children More Medicated Than Children In Europe

American Kids More Medicated Than Kids In Europe 

 

American children are approximately three times more likely to be prescribed psychotropic medication than children in Europe. A new study published today in BioMed Central’s open access journal Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health claims that the differences may be accounted for by regulatory practices and cultural beliefs about the role of medication in emotional and behavioural problems.

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