Doctors Warn Against "Study Drugs"
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The American Academy of Neurology is warning doctors across the nation to stop prescribing ADHD medications to healthy kids as a study aid. attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But as these "study drugs" are known to help kids focus, parents are increasingly requesting prescriptions for their kids to help boost their academic performance, even when they don't meet the criteria for ADHD. "The practice of prescribing these drugs, called neuroenhancements, for healthy students is not justifiable," said Dr. William Graf, a professor of pediatric neurology at Yale University, in a press release, "doctors caring for children and teens have a professional obligation to always protect the best interests of the child, to protect vulnerable populations, and prevent the misuse of medication." Medication for ADHD is among the highest prescribed drug in the country, and around three million kids a year are put on psychostimulant medication for the disorder, according to the CDC. Instead of rushing to prescribe drugs, Dr. Graf urges physicians to remind parents that there are effective alternatives to medication for neuroenhancement, “including maintaining good sleep, nutrition, study habits and exercise regimens."