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TOPIC: Dangers of ADHD Rx abuse

Dangers of ADHD Rx abuse 25 Aug 2013 18:46 #264

Dangers of ADHD Rx abuse
Posted August 10, 2013 by Emily Gelber

Government researchers are reporting an uptick in emergency room visits among young adults taking stimulant drugs without a doctor's prescription.

In a majority of those cases, CBS News chief medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook says people were taking drugs normally prescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) despite not having a prescription.

According to the new report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), nonmedical, stimulant-related emergency room visits among people ages 18 to 34 skyrocketed by 300 percent over a six-year period. In 2005, there were 5,605 ER visits from people taking stimulants for non-medical reasons, which increased to 22,949 visits in 2011.


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