What Do You Know About Prescription Stimulants?

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 Answer the questions below to find out what you learned about prescription stimulants.


1. Prescription stimulants and cocaine are from the same class of drugs.

A. True
B. False

2. Many people use prescription stimulants to safely and effectively treat ADHD, narcolepsy, and sometimes depression.

A. True
B. False

3. Using someone else’s prescription stimulants to help you study for a test is not drug abuse.

A. True
B. False

4. Which of the following is a prescription stimulant?

A. dopamine
B. methylphenidate
C. amphetamine
D. A and B
E. B and C

5. According to the 2010 Monitoring the Future survey, what percent of high school seniors have reported nonmedical use of Adderall® in the past year?

A. 22.6 percent
B. 85 percent
C. 6.5 percent
D. 1 percent

6. Which of the following is NOT an effect of stimulants on the body?

A. increased energy
B. increased alertness
C. increased appetite
D. increased attention

7. Prescription stimulants are prescribed to treat ADHD because they:

A. can decrease appetite so that people with ADHD can lose weight.
B. can have a calming effect on people with ADHD that helps them focus.
C. can help with feelings of anxiety, irritability, and paranoia.
D. all of the above

8. Which of the following is NOT an example of abusing prescription stimulants?

A. taking a prescription stimulant per doctor’s orders
B. taking a prescription stimulant not prescribed to you to help you lose weight
C. taking a prescription stimulant that was prescribed for your friend
D. taking a prescription stimulant to get high

9. Taking high doses of prescription stimulants can result in ______.

A. a stroke
B. death
C. a heart attack
D. all of the above

10. People who repeatedly abuse prescription stimulants may experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using them, including:

A. depression.
B. disturbed sleep patterns.
C. fatigue.
D. all of the above


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