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August 06th 2012:Study Drugs – The Abuse of Prescription Drugs for Education with Guest Alan Schwarz, a national correspondent for The New York Times

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 ge

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Alan Schwarz

Alan Schwarz is a national correspondent for The New York Times. Schwarz was a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for his multi-year series of more than 120 articles on the dangers of concussions in football, which have been widely credited with revolutionizing the respect and protocol for head injuries in almost every major youth and professional sport. Before joining the times he was a nationally-recognized baseball writer and the author of the best-selling book, "The Numbers Game: Baseball's Lifelong Fascination with Statistics." He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in mathematics.
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