Teens abusing prescription drugs to cope with stress

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Teenagers, dealing with the demands and pressures of academics, are stressed out. And an alarming number of them are using the prescription drug Adderall to treat themselves in an effort to compete.

This is according to the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.

Adderall is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and should only be used when prescribed by a doctor. Research shows that using ADHD medication makes no difference in testing or academic performance.

Plus, it’s incredibly dangerous. The misuse of Adderall has led to an increase in emergency room visits. Its non-medical use rose 67 percent among young adults between 2006 and 2011. Side effects include anxiety, agitation and insomnia – it can also increase blood pressure and in rare cases cause heart attack and stroke.

Click here to learn how to help your teen deal with stress safely.


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