Study finds 17% of college students misuse ADHD drugs

Medical News Today 3/11/15
by James McIntosh

College students (1 in 6) abuse ADHD stimulants

A recent literature review by Keri Benson and colleagues published in Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review reports that 1 in 6 college students misuse stimulants prescribed for ADHD. Despite the drugs promoting wakefulness, no studies have found that they improve learning or thinking ability when taken by people who do not have ADHD.

According to Dr. Harold Levinson, there are many inappropriate reasons for stimulant abuse among college students. However, one must also examine how many of these abusers are either undiagnosed individuals with dyslexia, ADHD, or even those inadequately treated for the above disorders.

About Dr. Harold Levinson
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or visit:

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