Dispelling the Myth of "Smart Drugs"

Tested the hypothesis that college students' substance use problems would predict increases in skipping classes and declining academic performance, and that nonmedical use of prescription stimulants (NPS) for studying would occur in association with this decline. Findings suggest that escalation of substance use problems during college is related to increases in skipping class and to declining academic performance and that nonmedical users of prescription stimulants could benefit from a comprehensive drug and alcohol assessment to possibly mitigate future academic declines.

Sponsored By: 
The Center on Young Adult Health and Development
University of Maryland School of Public Health