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CCHR Says New Mental Health Study on College Age Students Misleading
Date:12/24/2008

7 percent of students at U.S. universities abused prescription drugs, citing that, "on some campuses, up to 25 (percent) of students had used them in the past year…The drugs most commonly used for cognitive enhancement at present are stimulants, namely Ritalin (methyphenidate) and Adderall (mixed amphetamine salts), and are prescribed mainly for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)." Instead of condemning the illicit use of prescription psychiatric drugs, the authors, "propose actions that will help society accept the benefits of enhancement," even though they also admit the drugs are regulated, "primarily for considerations of safety and potential abuse."

In the article, "Scientists Back Brain Drugs for Healthy People" by the Associated Press, Leigh Turner from the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics states, "It's a nice puff piece for selling medications for people who don't have an illness of any kind." According to another article published the same day in the San Francisco Chronicle, the two commentary authors, Barbara J. Sahakian, Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, and Ronald C. Kessler, professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, both have ties to the pharmaceutical industry.

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