Up to 35 percent of all college kids report using prescription ADHD pills like Adderall and Ritalin as a study tool, a staggering statistic that needs to be cracked down on immediately, according to Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY).
Colleges are urged to implement new standards for diagnosing and monitoring students seeking these kinds of stimulants, including a full workup and detailed medical, educational, and psychological history.
“For somebody to call up and say ‘well, my doctor prescribed it at home, send me pills, here’s the prescription number…’ that’s not good enough,” said Schumer in a recent CBS News article. “If a student gets 100 or 200 Adderall pills, even if they are legitimately entitled, they may lend a bunch to their friends.”
To deal with the abuse of prescription ADHD pills, Schumer also recommends offering short-term counseling, time management and procrastination workshops, and medication consultation to students with a prescription. Read the full details here:
Unfortunately, often times physicians prescribe medications when they are not needed or in larger quantities than needed. If your child is stockpiling medications, such as Ritalin, you should suspect that they are either giving pills to their classmates or that they are using the drugs for reasons other than for what they were prescribed.
If you or anyone in your family has suffered serious side effects or damages from a medication error you should seek legal investigation immediately. Crandall & Pera Law is available to help answer your questions and guide you in determining your next steps.