Kids and study drugs: Is your child using?
- Your teen has access to these pills. In almost every school in America, there is at least one child who has been diagnosed with ADHD and given a prescription for these medications.
- Your teen may not think that taking "study drugs" is the same as doing "street drugs." Most teens don't equate study drugs with other illegal drugs like marijuana. And since they are using them to improve their grades, they may even think that you would approve.
- Study drugs affect your teen's health. Side effects include irregular heartbeat, increased blood pressure, anxiety, paranoia, headaches, insomnia, and diarrhea.
- Study drugs can become addictive. Especially if your teen has an ongoing busy schedule.
- Your teen should know where you stand. In a recent survey from Drugfree.org, only 14 percent of teens said their parents talked to them about the dangers of misusing prescription medications. Yet the same survey found that teens who had learned even a little but about the perils of misusing prescription drugs were 42 percent less likely to abuse prescription drugs than teens that reported learning “nothing.”
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