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Study Drugs: Ritalin And Adderall Use In Schools

Steve Scher
05/26/2011 at 9:00 a.m.

Every year, 11 million prescriptions are written for amphetamine products in the US, and more than 7 million for Adderall. The frenetic pace of life and the pressure for students to succeed academically sometimes has them turning from coffee cups to prescription bottles. Is there a growing trend of Ritalin and Adderall abuse on high school and college campuses? Have you, or someone you know, used these drugs outside of a prescription? We'll hear first hand stories from students and get the medical aspect explained.


Jason Kilmer is a research assistant professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington and assistant director of Health and Wellness for Alcohol and Other Drug Education.

Cameron Anderson is a 21–year–old college student. He used Adderall for non–medical purposes for two years and after experiencing heart problems and being kicked out of school, he sought help and has been drug free for five months.

Dannika Renee is a senior in high school. She has been on Adderral for Attention Deficit Disorder for two years.

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