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Adderall Abuse Statistics

Although the abuse of many drugs has gone down among teenagers, the abuse of prescription stimulants continues to rise. According to the 2015 Monitoring the Future Survey, nearly 8% of 12th graders reported non-medical use of amphetamines in the past year, with 7.5% reporting Adderall specifically. This makes “study drugs” the most commonly abused drugs (prescription or illicit) among high school seniors, after marijuana. 

About one out of three college students report using the drug to improve their academic performance. You may be wondering where teens are gaining access to prescription medications such as Adderall. Teens who participated in the study admitted to getting them from friends or family members. 

Take a look at our infographic below to learn more about the shocking statistics and signs of Adderall abuse.

Adderall Abuse Statistics


At Teen Treatment Center, our team has decades of experience helping individuals recover from substance abuse. We use evidence-based treatment programs to heal troubled teens who are struggling with substance abuse, mental health and behavioral issues. 

The possible health effects of abusing Adderall include: 

  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Narrowed blood vessels
  • Dangerously high body temperature
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Seizures
  • Heart failure

If your teen is struggling with Adderall abuse, we can help. Call us today at (844) 924-8281. Our Admission Counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.

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