Study Drugs – The Abuse of Prescription Drugs for Education with Guest Alan Schwarz, a national correspondent for The New York Times
August 6, 2012
Hosted by Mary Woods
Our guest today, Alan Schwarz, will talk about his findings that prescription stimulants such as Adderall, an amphetamine prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), are being used by students to get better grades. At academically competitive high schools across the US, according to Alan’s interviews with students, parents and doctors, pressure over grades and competition for college admissions are encouraging students to abuse prescription stimulants. Pills are coming routine not only in some college and graduate school circles but high schools where teenagers say they get them from their friends, buy them from student dealers or fake symptoms to their parents and doctors to get prescriptions. We will also talk about the effects of abusing these medications as well as how some drug counselors say they become an entry to the abuse of painkillers and sleep aids.
One Hour AT A Time
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Recovery, whether it is from substance abuse or a mental illness, or both requires a treatment plan, which in many cases is as effective as treatments for other chronic illnesses. “One Hour AT A Time” will increase awareness about recovery and decrease the discrimination against individuals in the recovery process. Host Mary Woods, will help people understand the recovery of adults and families living with co-occurring substance use disorders and psychotic and/or affective illness over the course of a lifetime. Helping individuals develop the skills and knowledge they need to take personal responsibility for their health and supporting individuals in their efforts to get on with life beyond illness has been Mary’s mission and she now brings that mission to the airwaves.
Mary is the CEO of WestBridge Community Services. She is also a Registered Nurse and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor with more than 25 years experience in substance abuse services and community mental health programs. Mary has conducted extensive workshops and trainings with a primary focus in Motivational Interviewing, Stages of Change Theory and Integrated Treatment of Co-occurring Disorders. She is also a contributor to the development of the Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment Practitioners and Clinical Supervisors Workbook and Practice Demonstration Video. Mary was the Chairperson of the NH State Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professionals. She has been a member of the NH Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor’s Association since 1984, and has served as the Northeast Regional Vice President for the NAADAC, the Association of Addiction Professionals, President of NAADAC and is currently past president of NAADAC.