Schools with more white students or whose students’ parents had a higher level of education also had higher levels of misuse

A new study found that 1 in 4 teens reported misusing ADHD prescription drugs. Researchers surveyed more than 231,000 students in the eighth, 10th, and 12th grades between 2005 and 2020. Schools with the highest rates of students with prescribed ADHD meds had a 36% higher risk of teens misusing the stimulants. Predominantly white schools and families where parents held a higher level of education were also more likely to see misuse.

Health experts say students abuse the medication due to academic stress, but reportedly also to get a high when mixed with other drugs or alcohol. Now, researchers say the findings are a “major wake-up call.” They noted prescription meds are safe to use…when needed. Otherwise, children and teens could face long-term effects like higher rates of depression, anxiety, or eating disorders.

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