Annual prevalence of Adderall use within grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. 2009-2018

Annual prevalence of use of Adderall for grades 8, 10 and 12 from 2009 to 2018

by John Elflein, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Annual prevalence of Adderall use within grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. 2009-2018 As of 2018, the percentage of 12th grade students that had tried Adderall within the past year was around 4.6 percent. The prevalence of 12th grade students using Adderall has generally decreased since 2012 when usage was more prevalent.
Adderall

Adderall is a stimulant drug used in the treatment of Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. ADHD is a common neurological disorder that usually affects children. It affects attention, movement and judgement. Adderall is shown to be addictive and is often referred to as a “study drug”. “Study drugs” are prescription ADHD medications used recreationally by high school and college students to enhance their focus to study more. In 2016, Adderall was one of the most abused prescription drugs in the U.S.

ADHD in the U.S.

In the U.S. ADHD diagnoses had been on the rise since 2003 but have recently started to decline. Nearly 1 in 10 children suffer from ADHD in the U.S. In 2017, the age group with the highest rate of ADHD diagnosis was those aged 12 to 17 years. In recent studies, it was shown that up to 3.5 percent of children in grades 8, 10 and 12 had used Adderall within the previous year.
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