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Teenagers sell and give away their prescription drugs

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7319.956/e (Published 27 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:956
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. Quebec

    More teenage state school students surveyed in Canada's Atlantic provinces took prescription stimulants such as methylphenidate hydrochloride (Ritalin), dexamfetamine sulphate (Dexedrine), and pemoline (marketed in Canada as Cylert) for recreational purposes than for medical conditions, a study from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has found (Canadian Medical Association Journal 2001;165:1039-44).

    A total of 13 549 students in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and Labrador in 1998 completed an anonymous questionnaire about their use of stimulants. Non-medical use in the year before the survey was reported …

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