Study: 1 in 4 fake ADHD symptoms to get drugs

February 20, 2012 1:21:11 PM PST
There is a growing concern that some college students are faking attention deficit disorder just so they can get their hands on the powerful stimulant Adderall.

Doctors at the University of Minnesota's health clinic say they have seen an increase in the number of students being prescribed Adderall. The drug helps it users remain alert and focused.

A study conducted by the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis discovered one in four adults fake or exaggerate symptoms of ADHD to get prescription drugs.

Health officials attribute a shortage of the drug in the state to those fake prescriptions.