Teens Abuse Prescription ADHD Drugs Too

They’re used to treat attention difficulties, but more and more teens are abusing prescription ADHD drugs.  Whether they are diagnosed with a psychiatric condition or not, kids are finding out that these drugs produce a keen high–and bring in substantial profits. What Are They? ADHD medication such as Ritalin and Adderall are central nervous system stimulants.  Adderall contains amphetamine, which is why it is often referred to as Speed.  Ritalin is comparable with cocaine–the molecules look and act the same, and both increase dopamine levels in the brain by blocking reuptake in the brain.  Hence, the appeal for those looking…

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Drug Addiction May Come From Troubled Childhood

There is a bit of a stigma when it comes to teen drug users, a prejudice that compulsive and impulsive behavior leads to substance experimentation.  While this may or may not be true, a recent study shows that it may not be the attitude that causes drug abuse; it may be some kind of childhood trauma that leads to the attitude.  Therefore, a traumatic childhood may increase the risk of drug addiction. The study revealed that siblings who came from the same kind of abuse or loss did not also turn to drugs, despite otherwise compulsive behavior.  There are those…

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