Researchers Report Rx Pill Abuse Problem Among Youth
Published September 4th, 2013
GAINESVILLE- Researchers at the University of Florida say prescription pill abuse is a problem that's hard to control.
Students across the country are taking stimulant pills like Adderall Ritalin and Concerta to get a temporary academic edge.
A study released from UF found that a little over 7 percent of 11,000 people surveyed reported that they had recently used a prescription stimulant.
UF Senior Rick Strawbridge explains, "they say that they're stressed out about a test and another student says you know i can give you Adderall or Ritalin and sell it to you and it'll help you out and they want any boost they can get for grades."
But students who aren't prescribed the medicines like Adderall may be contributing to shortages of the drug like the one reported by the Food and Drug Administration last year.
When taken without a prescription, students are putting themselves at risk for increased blood pressure and heart rate, and decreased appetite and sleep.
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