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Study: Teens think prescription stimulant use a large problem

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Updated: 9/07/2013 8:51 am
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Two-thirds of teens think that prescription stimulant use is a moderate-to-large problem, according to a new University of Florida study.

Nearly 15 percent of teens surveyed said they had used a prescription stimulant and almost 12 percent reported giving medications to a peer or taking someone else's pills.

The survey was the first national study to monitor prescription stimulant use in both preteens and teens, including non-medical use.

According to the university, stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta are the typical drugs that usually appear in surveys.

"Health care providers should be cautious about prescribing stimulant medications to young people for non-significant issues," associate dean Dr. Linda Cottler said. "Parents should to talk to their kids and let them know that medications should not be shared for any reason."

Dr. Cottler suggests that controlling access to prescription stimulants could help reduce the problem of misuse.

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