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TOPIC: ER Visits Linked to ADHD Meds Up Sharply

ER Visits Linked to ADHD Meds Up Sharply 28 Jan 2013 17:02 #23

ER Visits Linked to ADHD Meds Up Sharply
Government report shows more cases among adults, more misuse of these drugs
Posted January 25, 2013 (HealthDay News)


U.S. emergency department visits involving attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs more than doubled from 2005 to 2010, with the largest hike occurring among adults, says a new government report.

In that period, such ER visits rose from about 13,400 to 31,200, according to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

"ADHD medications, when properly prescribed and used, can be of enormous benefit to those suffering from ADHD, but like any other medication they can pose serious risks -- particularly when they are misused," SAMHSA administrator Pamela Hyde said in an agency news release.

In adults, cases rose from about 2,100 to 8,100 among those aged 18 to 25, from about 1,750 to 6,100 among those aged 26 to 34 and from roughly 2,500 to nearly 8,000 among those over 35, during the time period.

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