Use of ADHD drugs to boost stamina and concentration levels confirmed by Ivy League students
A new study has revealed that a large number of students from the Ivy League have admitted to misuse of drugs which are prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in order to increase their stamina and levels of concentration.
The study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Saturday, on May 3.
It involved a survey of 616 sophomores, juniors and seniors without ADHD at an unnamed Ivy League college in December 2012 via an anonymous online questionnaire.
The study results showed that 18 percent of the respondents or every fifth student was using a prescription stimulant to enhance their concentration levels at least once during their stay and 24 percent of them said they had misused the drug at least eight or more times during their entire stay.
Special academic assignments like essay writing, exam review and taking tests are reasons for which these drugs have been misused by students.
Surprisingly it was the juniors who had the highest user rate of these drugs for academic benefits. Additionally students part of varsity sport and affiliate of fraternity were most likely to use these drugs as stimulants as compared to others.
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