Psychostimulants (Stimulants): Side Effects, Dangers and Street Use

Do you know if your child is taking “psychostimulants” also known as “stiumlants”?

No one knows how many of America’s high school age youngsters are taking prescribed psychiatric drugs, but an estimate of 10 – 15% would not be far off, and for some age groups and circumstances it will be far too low. If we dip into special populations such as those in special education or foster care, the figure for those taking psychiatric drugs approaches 100%.

Now a Stanford study described in the May 24-25, 2008 the Wall Street Journal by reporter Jonathan Kaufman has shown that nearly one in ten of 11th graders take stimulants like Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta without a prescription. Nine percent are taking stimulants illegally. Read the rest of this entry »