ShutterstockBy Kate Goodin
The headline might seem obvious, but a study published in the medical journal Neurology found that teens and children who are perfectly healthy are routinely being prescribed ADHD medications as "study drugs"-often asked for by parents.
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The Los Angeles Times reports that over three percent of 12th graders who take ADHD meeds do so for reasons other than its intended use. Additionally, parents-and teens old enough to ask for medication-are taking advantage of the pervasiveness of ADHD and the prescription of stimulants to get the drugs as test-taking "steroids," or a way to boost focus and attention.
Study author William Graf, MD, of Yale said that it's up to doctors to refrain from prescribing these medications to otherwise healthy kids. "Doctors caring for children and teens have a professional obligation to always protect the best interests of the child, to protect vulnerable populations, and prevent the misuse of medication," he said in a press release about the study.