Is the non-medical use of prescription stimulants a problem in Australia?

Jayne C Lucke and Wayne D Hall
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10578
Published online: 6 August 2012

To the Editor: There have been claims that the non-medical use of prescription stimulants is widespread and increasing in the United States and other developed countries, particularly among university students.1 In the context of rising education and general living costs, economic uncertainty and high rates of anxiety and depression among young people,2 it is plausible that some students may cope with study demands by using prescription stimulants such as methylphenidate.

  • Jayne C Lucke
  • Wayne D Hall

  • UQ Centre for Clinical Research, University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD.


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