The purpose of this policy is to reduce the possibility of misuse and abuse of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) medications on campus and to provide consistent recommendations regarding diagnosis and treatment.
Stimulant Medications (Ritalin, Adderall, Dexedrine) are Class II narcotics that are commonly used in the treatment of ADD/ADHD. While these medications can have a meaningful impact on individuals with a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, without appropriate medical oversight stimulant medications can lead to addiction, psychosis and other serious cardiovascular side effects. In recent years, the use of ADHD medications without prescriptions by college students has increased considerably.
Due to the current prevalence of misuse and abuse on college campuses, stimulant medications will not be prescribed by the Student Health Service. In order for students with a current diagnosis of ADD/ADHD to receive appropriate treatment, medical monitoring and continuity of care, the Student Health Service recommends that you continue your prescription with your home provider. You should meet with your home provider at a clinically appropriate frequency during holiday periods and visits home. If that is not feasible, we can help you find a psychiatrist in the local community.
If you have not been diagnosed but suspect that you have ADHD, you can schedule a screening at the MU Counseling Center by calling (414) 288-7172.