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Is Adderall Misuse Among Students on the Rise?

According to a recent report, students are increasingly abusing prescription medication to improve their academic performance.

The New York Times is reporting that abuse of Adderall to improve academic performance among students is on the rise.

According to the article, drugs such as Adderall and Ritalin, prescribed to some students to combat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), are being misused to give them "a tunnel focus tailor-made for the marathon of tests long known to make or break college applications."

The article notes that this abuse is nationwide, not just limited to private schools in New York, and quotes students from Studio City and Santa Monica.

The Times is encouraging students and parents to write in with their stories of Adderall misuse. Click here to read their stories.

If you have a child/children currently in school in Calabasas, or are a student yourself, we'd like to hear from you. Do you have any thoughts on the subject? Feel free to comment in the box below, or send an email to the editor at arin@patch.com (if you would like your comments to be published anonymously, let the editor know).

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