The prescription stimulant medication Concerta is intended to help alleviate the symptoms of ADHD. However, thousands of teens have found that abusing this addictive drug offers a high similar to that of cocaine — with dangerous consequences all its own.
A 2013 study revealed that almost 10% of high school seniors have abused prescription stimulants like Concerta.
When the drug is abused by teens who do not have ADHD, Concerta has the opposite impact.
- Appetite and weight loss
- Sleep problems
- Rapid heart rate
- Stuffy nose
- Warm skin
Other than ingesting the drug, snorting Concerta has become a popular method of getting high.Any time you notice a change in your teenager’s behavior, it merits a closer look. If you ever find unmarked pills in your teen’s room or belongings, it is important to address the matter with your child right away. Additionally, there are a few key signs that point to the misuse of this drug.Behavioral signs of Concerta abuse include:
- A strong urge to use the drug
- Going to great lengths to obtain the drug
- Using the drug even when negative life consequences occur
- Poor impulse control
- Weight loss
- Dry mouth
- Tolerance to the drug
- Vision disturbances
- Withdrawal when not using the drug
Concerta as a Study Aid DrugConcerta’s popularity has soared in recent years because it’s earned a reputation as one of the drugs that help you study. Study aid drugs like Adderall and Ritalin (i.e. other ADHD medications) give young people a dose of academic confidence — especially if they feel pressure to earn better grades. For this reason, these drugs are often referred to as smart drugs.The practice is dangerous, however, because many of these students take one of these focus-enhancing medications without a prescription. In some cases, even if they have a prescription, they use the drug in a way that deviates from their doctor’s directions.
- Fatigue and tiredness
- Decreased motivation
- Increased appetite or weight gain
- Mood swings
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