Brain doping — the abuse of prescription drugs for ADHD — is the subject of a feature story in a special issue of Brain, Child magazine, devoted to teen and tween issues.

Written by Valerie Seiling Jacobs, the story looks at the issue from the perspective of teenagers who are using the drugs (with or without a prescription) to boost grades and test scores.

“I was shocked by what I found,” Ms. Jacobs said. “I started out thinking that this was all hype — that the risks were over overblown. But I did a 180-degree turn after I looked at the actual data.” According to the magazine, research indicates an estimated 32 million prescriptions are written for ADHD drugs and the number of prescriptions for 10- to 19-year-olds has risen 26% since 2007.

This issue of the magazine also addresses texting and social media use by young people, and parental control.

Brain, Child is published by Erielle Media, which is owned by Marcelle Soviero of Wilton, who is editor in chief of Brain, Child.

Information: brainchildmag.com/teen/.