In high schools and colleges across the United States, students are illegally using prescription drugs. Medications like Adderall, Ritalin and Focalin are commonly prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. But in recent years, more kids are using these drugs non-medically in hopes of gaining an academic edge. Nicknamed the “study drug,” Adderall can result in increased energy and intense focus. The Drug Enforcement Administration has classified it as a Class 2 controlled substance -– just like cocaine and morphine — because of its addictive nature. Diane and her guests talk about Adderall abuse and what’s being done to address it.

Guests

  • Doug Young community outreach director for the Lower Merion School District.
  • Amelia Arria director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland.
  • Dr. Robert Dupont president of the Institute for Behavior and Health and former director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
  • Judith Warner author of "Perfect Madness: Motherhood in the Age of Anxiety" and "We've Got Issues: Children and Parents in the Age of Medication" and a columnist for Time.com.

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