Prescribing drugs solely to boost thinking and memory functions in children and adolescents who do not have neurologic disorders should never occur. Practitioners should not let parents or patients bully them into prescribing stimulants and other psychoactive substances to improve academic performance, according to the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in a paper earlier this month.
“Doctors caring for children and teens have a professional obligation to always protect the best interests of the child, to protect vulnerable populations, and prevent the misuse of medication,” said author William Graf, MD, of Yale University in New Haven, Conn. in a press release. “The practice of prescribing these drugs, called neuroenhancements, for healthy students is not justifiable.”
Not only do parents come in to turn their “B” student children into “A” students, but prescription stimulants are also widely sold illegally on high school and college campuses worldwide.