When parents were asked if their kids took such drugs, only one percent of parents said they knew their kid was doing it. When the teens were asked about their use, 10 percent of the high school sophomores and 12 percent of the seniors said they had used drugs not given to them by a doctor.
The drugs can help teens stay awake while cramming for exams and can even give their grades a boost. Experts say this can be dangerous. It can lead to acute exhaustion, abnormal heartbeat and even psychosis. It can lead to addiction.
Only about a quarter of the parents of teens said they had talked to their kids about drugs. There is a clear mismatch between what parents believe and what their kids are doing.
A doctor said, “The bottom line is that teens who use them are taking a serious risk with their health.”