Teens start misusing ADHD drugs, other stimulants earlier than you might think

Despite stereotypes about college students resorting to black-market Ritalin to help them cram for exams, young people are actually most likely to start misusing prescription stimulant drugs in their high school years, according to new research. The peak ages for starting to use these drugs without a prescription — in order to get high or for other effects — are between 16 and 19 years.

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