Abusing ADD Medications

10:18 PM, Sep 11, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA/CNN)--Some kids call it College Crack. They're talking about abusing ADD medications to study and party harder. 

Jared, a college senior, says he arms himself for a test with his books, notes and a prescription pill not prescribed to him, but a friend.  For 5-dollars Jared got a generic form of Adderall.  A stimulant meant for people with Attention Deficit Disorder.  Jared does not have ADD, but he says without the pill, he doesn't study as well.  "I'm kind of on YouTube. Kind of on Facebook. Listening to music."

However, when Jared pops the pill, he says he's more focused. "I would say more driven. I kind of don't focus on anything else."

On college and high school campuses across the country, young people are abusing ADD medications. 

A University of Kentucky survey found half of juniors and seniors admit to taking the drugs. 

"In the short term, those kinds of stimulant medications can often feel good.  In the long run, there are significant problems," says Dr. Ray Kotwicki, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University.

When used as prescribed, ADD medications are safe.  However, when abused they can cause psychological problems such as: violent behavior, convulsions, even heart attacks and strokes.

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