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Project takes aim at illegal use of stimulants on college campuses

A Kevin Antshel, PhDpilot program aims to stem a rising problem on college campuses: the misuse of stimulants like Adderall, a drug prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Students under academic pressure obtain these drugs illegally and believe they will let them study longer and with better focus, although research does not support those perceptions, says Kevin Antshel, PhD, an associate professor of psychiatry at Upstate and of psychology at Syracuse University. He describes a program he is working on at SU that will train seniors and juniors to teach incoming freshmen about the dangers and misconceptions surrounding stimulants. If it succeeds, he hopes someday this peer teaching method could be part of orientation at colleges everywhere.