New Research Identifies Motivation for Prescription Stimulant Misuse by Age Group

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry shows that abuse of prescription stimulant medication by adolescents and young adults is driven by different motivations linked to age.

“We’re interested in the reasons why adolescents and young adults misuse prescription stimulant medication, the kind prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. The motives, the underlying reasons, are a key part of that,” said Ty Schepis, professor in the Department of Psychology at Texas State. “I think the biggest take-home message from the study is those motivations seem to change as people age.

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