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J Am Coll Health. 2006 Mar-Apr;54(5):261-8.

Stimulant medication use, misuse, and abuse in an undergraduate and graduate student sample.

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School of Health and Human Services, University of New Hampshire, Durham 03824, USA. Bpwhite@maple.unh.edu

Abstract

In this study, the authors investigated the characteristics of use, misuse, and abuse of stimulant medication (primarily methylphenidate and variants) among students at a northeastern US university. Researchers sent an invitation to take an Internet survey to student e-mail addresses and passed 150 paper surveys in undergraduate classes, analyzing 1,025 (975 electronically) returned surveys. Sixteen percent of respondents reported abusing or misusing stimulant medication. Ninety-six percent of respondents who specified a medication preferred to abuse or misuse Ritalin. Men and women reported similar use patterns. Most respondents who abused or misused stimulant medication swallowed pills; 40% used intranasally. Reasons for abusing or misusing stimulant medication included improving attention, partying, reducing hyperactivity, and improving grades. Consistent with previous studies, results suggest that abuse of stimulant medication is a concern on college campuses. The results point to various reasons for and methods of abusing and misusing stimulant medication that may direct future research, prevention, and intervention.

PMID:
16539218
DOI:
10.3200/JACH.54.5.261-268
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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