Today is the official launch of a newly formed Coalition of medical, mental health, higher education, student and pharmaceutical organizations that will work together to help prevent misuse, abuse and diversion of ADHD prescription stimulant medication. The Coalition will initially focus its efforts on college students.
Although reported rates of nonmedical use vary, a 2013 study at one large public university indicated that 9.3 percent1 of college students reported nonmedical use of prescription stimulant medication in the past year. Members of the Coalition to Prevent ADHD Medication Misuse (CPAMM) include The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), The Jed Foundation, NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, The BACCHUS Initiatives of NASPA, and Shire. CPAMM has also enlisted student advisors to help inform the Coalition’s strategies and messaging.
Recognizing that misuse, abuse and diversion of ADHD prescription stimulant medication is a concern among college students, CPAMM has aligned on two strategic initiatives: research and educational programs. This year, CPAMM will conduct market research to examine the perception and attitudes of college students with regard to ADHD prescription stimulant misuse, abuse and diversion to help inform educational campaigns designed to help prevent nonmedical use.
CPAMM plans to survey medical professionals to identify primary-care based strategies to help reduce ADHD medication misuse, abuse and diversion. In addition, the
Coalition will conduct focus groups among college students and administrators to try to gain a better understanding of how the college environment affects the issue. With the results of this research, CPAMM intends to develop peer-to-peer interventions for use by college students to help prevent the nonmedical use of ADHD stimulant medications. Also, the Coalition will evaluate potential partnerships with other organizations, associations and programs that reach college students.
A full press release is available here.