PRESCRIPTION STIMULANTS

Prescription stimulants are controlled substances most commonly used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders (ADHD). They increase alertness and energy, speeding up mental and physical processes that create enhanced focus.

The most common prescription stimulants include:

  • Adderall (amphetamine/dextroamphetamine)
  • Ritalin and Concerta (methylphenidate)
  • Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine)
  • Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine)

AT-RISK POPULATION: TEENAGERS & YOUNG ADULTS

Teenagers in Kansas receive more prescriptions for stimulants than any other age group. These drugs are known as "study drugs" and are commonly misused among teens and young adults seeking to increase focus and concentration.

Teenage boy

PREVENT MISUSE WITH SAFE MEDICATION PRACTICES

HOW STIMULANTS ARE MISUSED

TAKING A HIGHER DOSE

Intentionally taking more than prescribed hoping for increased focus or in attempt to get high.

SEEKING EARLY REFILLS

Seeking early refills or additional prescriptions from healthcare providers and pharmacies you don’t typically use.

GETTING THE DRUGS ILLEGALLY

Obtaining the medication from someone other than your healthcare provider, for example, a family member, friend or off the street.

USING DRUGS IN A DIFFERENT FORM

You take the medication in a way other than prescribed, for example, crushing a pill to smoke, snort or inject it for immediate effects.

EXAGGERATING SYMPTOMS

You exaggerate or falsify symptoms in order to gain access to the medication.

SHARING A PRESCRIPTION

You take someone else’s prescription stimulant hoping to have increased focus or in an attempt to get high.

WARNING SIGNS OF MISUSE

  • Dilated pupils
  • Restlessness
  • Deceptive behavior, such as lying or stealing
  • Excessive energy or motivation
  • Aggressive behavior or anger outbursts
  • Mood swings
  • Jitteriness
  • Risky or impulsive behaviors
  • Anxiety or nervousness
  • Increased sense of well-being or confidence