Education
9:01 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Prescription Drug Abuse On The Rise On College Campuses Across The Country

College students have long been known to experiment with drinking when they’re blowing off steam, and even use illegal drugs like marijuana.

University of Rhode Island psychology Professor Lisa Weyandt studies the effects of prescription drug abuse on college students.
University of Rhode Island psychology Professor Lisa Weyandt studies the effects of prescription drug abuse on college students.
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But a growing number of college students are now turning to prescription drugs to get ahead academically.

The drugs, like Adderall, are used legally to treat conditions like Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, and they’re increasingly common on college campuses around the country.

Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Dr. Lisa Weyandt, a University of Rhode Island psychology professor who studies the issue.

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