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TOPIC: Adderall: A Mother’s Heartbreak

Adderall: A Mother’s Heartbreak 10 Feb 2013 17:14 #35

Adderall: A Mother’s Heartbreak
Posted February 6, 2013 by Jane Mundy

Erie, PA: Danny was young and healthy when he took Adderall last summer. He passed away four months later. “If I can just save one mother from the same experience, I would love the opportunity to tell you about my son, Daniel, and Adderall,” says Cheryl, crying. “I know about Adderall death so why can’t this drug be taken off the market?”

Cheryl believes that Danny would have been alive today if not for Adderall. “My son was only 31 years old and healthy, “says Cheryl, “but there is a history of heart disease in our family so why was he prescribed this drug, knowing that he could have an Adderall heart attack?”

Danny was a physical therapist, a body builder and a wrestler. But he went through a period of depression after a breakup with his girlfriend so a psychologist prescribed Adderall to help him concentrate. Cheryl says that the last time he phoned, Danny sounded “very tired.” She found out that he had complained to a friend about chest pains but attributed it to working out.

“My family has a lot of heart issues,” Cheryl explains. “I had double by-pass when I was 50. My mother and my grandmother both died of heart disease. So why was he given Adderall without any tests for heart issues? Danny’s death certificate says he died from coronary artery disease and a contributing factor was amphetamines: Adderall [which is an amphetamine] was the only drug he took.”

Cheryl says Danny wrestled part time in the San Antonio community and put on shows for kids. “During one wrestling match, I guess they were part way into it, Danny didn’t feel well and walked over to a chair,” Cheryl explains. “He sat down, apparently grabbed his chest, threw up, fell over and he was gone…”

Since Danny’s death, Cheryl has discovered a lot about Adderall. She found out that it was yanked from the shelves in Canada but only temporarily. “They talked about banning it here in the US and I know children have died from Adderall heart attack - I can’t imagine having a ten year old with ADHD passing away. You shouldn’t have to outlive your children.”

Cheryl says that Danny was tested when he was younger and he wasn’t diagnosed with ADHD. He had problems concentrating but she attributes that for simply not liking school. Danny eventually earned two degrees: a bachelors’ in marketing and an associates’ as a physical therapy assistant. He became a director in the physical training facility just before he passed - a wonderful life and career ahead of him.


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