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Prescription Drugs

Prescription drugs encompass a wide range of substances used in the treatment of medical conditions or ailments. These drugs are prescribed by a medical doctor and are intended for use solely by the patient to which they are prescribed. It is illegal to share or sell drugs prescribed to you and it is illegal to ingest drugs prescribed to another person.

The most commonly misused prescription drugs on college campuses are prescription stimulants, which include:

  • dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine®)
  • dextroamphetamine/amphetamine combination product (Adderall®)
  • methylphenidate (Ritalin®, Concerta®).

Prescription stimulants are generally used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, or uncontrollable episodes of deep sleep. They increase alertness, attention, and energy.