The Truth About the Black Market for ADHD Medication

If you are the parent of a child who is suffering at school due to inability to pay attention and finish schoolwork, a diagnosis of some form of ADHD may be in your future. If you have already had that diagnosis, your child may be on one of the many popular medications for the condition.

RitalinADHD medications such as Adderall and Ritalin are known to be very successful in most cases, so you might think that the problem is solved for now. Well, you might have another thing to worry about.

I was talking to a friend yesterday who is a high school guidance counselor, and we were discussing a mutual friend whose high school-aged son is being treated for ADHD. My counselor friend told me that there is a thriving black market for ADHD medication among high school students.

An ADHD article in Slate this year talks about:

“a growing number of high-achieving, non-ADHD users who see it as the perfect cognitive-enhancement drug—a way to work more, sleep less, and get a better handle on their busy lives.”

Unfortunately, this leaves the possibility that not only may your child not be taking the medication prescribed, but could face serious consequences if caught trafficking at school. If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD and is being medicated, it probably makes sense to keep the supply of medicine in a secure place.


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