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About one in four youths prescribed stimulants also use the drugs nonmedically

Key clinical point: A quarter of youth aged 10-17 years prescribed stimulants also report using them nonmedically.

Major finding: Based on a survey, 11.1% of 1,777 U.S. youth aged 10-17 years have ever used prescription stimulants, and 30.1% of these reported nonmedical use.

Study details: A survey of 1,777 youth aged 10-17 years from September to October 2018 in urban, rural, and suburban areas of Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Tampa, Orlando, and Miami.

Disclosures: The research was funded by Arbor Pharmaceuticals. The authors noted no conflicts of interest.