ADHD Drug Abuse Epidemic Prompts New School Rules

Which higher education institutions changed their policies as a result of the increased abuse of ADHD medication by students?

Several institutions of higher education have implemented changes as a result of the increased abuse of ADHD medication by students. The policy revisions are intended to protect student safety and possibly prevent lawsuits.

George Mason University is forbidding college clinicians from diagnosing ADHD, while the College of William and Mary is prohibiting college clinicians from prescribing ADHD medications.

Other schools (Fresno State, Marist College and the University of Alabama) now require students who bring ADHD medications to school to sign a contract that they will not divert their medications. Duke University has declared that the non-medical use of ADHD medications constitutes a form of academic cheating and is a violation of the school’s honor code.

Harvard University is currently being sued over an ADHD diagnosis and prescription that was provided to the student by a licensed nurse practitioner at the school’s health clinic. The suit claims that the student never had ADHD and the unnecessary medications contributed the student’s subsequent suicide.


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