Misuse of ADHD Drugs Most Likely to Start in Older Teens

Teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 are at the highest risk for misuse of prescription stimulants and females are more likely than males to misuse the drugs, a new study has found. Specifically, the research found that an estimated .7 to .8% of young people in this age group reported first-time non-medical use within the last 12 months compared to .1% for 12 to 15 year olds and .6% for 20 to 21 year olds. In addition, the study found that females were more likely to have started non-medical use of prescription stimulants between the ages of 14 and 19, and that they “showed a peak annual incidence rate of 1% at age 18,” compared to a rate of .5% for males. Data for the study were compiled from more than 240,000 responses to the 2004-2012 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health. (Source: NABP E-News, 6/10/15)