Stimulant Abuse in South Africa Runs Riot
As a parent, stimulant abuse in South Africa may never cross your mind. You may never have considered that your child may be abusing prescription medication, but South African students as young as 16 are snorting and swallowing Ritalin to get high.
It is no secret that, across the globe, university students casually trade Ritalin and other ADHD drugs – snorting or swallowing them without a prescription – but, more recently, school kids as young as 16 have also begun to participate in the abuse of these drugs.
The trend of taking ADHD medication without a prescription has been around for a number of years and is now considered commonplace in universities. While some say they take Ritalin to help them study (misuse), others are simply interested in a quick high (abuse).
Shockingly, this trend has now become rife at a high school level, with teenagers eager to get their hands on “smarties”, “rit” or “kiddie cocaine” to support their stimulant abuse.
There have been a number of local cases where ADHD drug dealing has been uncovered in schools and universities. In June 2014, Times Live reported that a number of grade 11 students from a Johannesburg high school had been expelled for operating an ADHD drug ring. The kids implicated were not only dealing the drugs but were even caught training younger boys how to fake ADHD to a doctor in order to get more prescriptions for their growing stimulant abuse business.
A study by the University of Michigan published in the June/July 2015 edition of the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence seems to confirm that the non-medical use of ADHD medication and stimulant abuse is beginning at a younger age in the U.S.A as well. The study, which examined close to a quarter of a million students, found that the misuse of Ritalin, Adderall and other ADHD drugs occurs most frequently in teenagers aged 16 to 19 years.
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