Under Pressure to Get Good Grades, Students Turn to Prescription Stimulants

Jun 13, 2012 Published under Education/Raising Children, Health

This New York Times Magazine article demonstrates the rise in prescription stimulant abuse among high school students trying to keep up with the pressures of school and college applications. Douglas Young, a spokesman for the Lower Merion School District outside Philadelphia, best identified the problem and solution, “Straight A’s and high SAT scores look great on paper, but they aren’t reflective measures of a student’s health and well-being. We need to better understand the pressures and temptations, and ultimately we need to embrace new definitions of student success.”

Spotted by Daniel Lubetzky, by Julianna Storch

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