CVS: Prescription Stimulant Abuse – A Widespread Problem
When talking with their children about substance abuse, many parents assume that only illegal drugs are a threat. The truth is that more kids abuse prescription drugs than street drugs like cocaine or heroin.
According to a recent study sponsored by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, 20 percent of college students abuse prescription stimulants, and a staggering 50 percent of young adults admit to having abused the drugs to improve academic performance.
Why are prescription stimulants so widely abused and what can be done about it? To find out, CVS talked with Sean Clarkin, Director of Programs at the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids for a special Q&A.