amphetaminesThe use of amphetamine drugs for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), such as Ritalin and Adderall, is quite common amongst college students. Young adults use these types of drugs without prescriptions for increased energy when studying, as well for partying. Unfortunately, many amphetamine users are unaware just how addictive the drugs are, and the fact that they are Schedule II controlled substances.

A new review of previous studies showed that one in six college students misuse common amphetamine medications, MedicalXpress reports. The researchers at the University of South Carolina looked at 30 past studies and found that an estimated 17 percent of college students misuse common ADHD drugs.

“If you looked at individual studies, the rates of college student misuse were all over the place,” says associate professor Kate Flory at the University of South Carolina’s Parenting and Family Research Center. “They ranged from 2 percent to 43 percent. So when we submitted this for publication, the journal was really interested in us doing a meta-review of all the existing studies.”

The review showed that stimulant misuse was associated with poorer academic performance, according to Flory. The review found that membership in Greek organizations was also associated with misuse. The review showed that the most common source for college students to acquire ADHD drugs was friends with prescriptions, according to the article.

The risks of abusing amphetamines include:

  • Symptoms of ADHD
  • Alcohol Use Problems
  • Marijuana Use Problems

Amphetamines are powerful narcotics, if used inappropriately than can be extremely dangerous. Young adults, who use the drugs in order to stay awake longer so they can party harder with alcohol and other drugs, are putting their lives at risk. Users often have the misconception that drugs like Adderall make them less drunk, prompting the user to think they can drive safely. The reality is quite different!

The findings appear in Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review.