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June 12, 2013 202.224.7433
SCHUMER: NUMBER OF NY STUDENTS TAKING STIMULANTS LIKE ADDERALL AS A “STUDY DRUG” IS SKYROCKETING– SENATOR ASKS NY COLLEGES TO TIGHTEN STANDARDS FOR PRESCRIBING DRUG, THAT CAN PUT STUDENTS’ HEALTH AT RISK
Estimates Show Between 15-35% of College Students Frequently Use Easy-To-Obtain Stimulants, Like Adderall, As a Study Tool Without A Prescription; Abuse of These Drugs Without Appropriate ADD/ADHD Diagnosis Can Lead to Depression, Anxiety, Even Psychosis
Schumer Encourages Colleges to Institute Tougher New Standards for Diagnosis and Monitoring of Students Seeking Adderall or Other Amphetamine-Based Medications – Or, If Resources Are Unavailable, Colleges Should Not Prescribe Adderall In-House
Schumer: ADHD Stimulant Drugs Should Not Be A Tool for Studying
TODAY at 12:30pm on a conference call, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer will ask New York colleges and universities to implement new standards that would make it more difficult for college students to acquire amphetamine-based drugs like Adderall without a legitimate diagnosis and prescription. Various studies have shown that these stimulants, intended for those with Attention Deficit (and Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADD/ADHD), are widely abused on college campuses and that between 15% and 35% of college students nationwide take these drugs illicitly as a study tool. Schumer noted that when these drugs are abused, particularly by students who are not actually diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, they can lead to a multitude of serious negative side effects, including depression, anxiety, and even psychosis. Many colleges across the country have recognized this threat and taken action, and Schumer will ask New York colleges to voluntarily implement tighter controls on the accessibility and attention to such stimulants, where resources allow. Specifically, Schumer is advising that colleges take a look at a number of strategies – which he will spell out on the call – that will focus on better diagnostics and promote awareness of the effects of abuse. If adequate resources are unavailable, Schumer will say that colleges should not prescribe Adderall in-house. Schumer will point out that these controls pose no impediment to legitimate diagnoses, but can help colleges stem the tide of easy-to-obtain “study drugs” that pose significant risk of abuse.
On the call, Schumer will provide estimates of the number of college students abusing such drugs per county.
DATE: Today, Wednesday, June 12, 2013
TIME: 12:30 PM