Lately we have all been hearing the preoccupation with the “opioid epidemic” on the news. However, these are not the only prescription medications causing addiction and health issues. A recent study indicates that calls to US poison control centers related to intentional and unintentional exposure to ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) medication have increased by more than 60% from the year 2000 to the year 2014. ADHD medications are often stimulants, popular with adolescents and adults alike for their mood-boosting and energy-producing benefits.
There has been an increase in the diagnosis of ADHD in the last two decades, thereby increasing the rate of prescriptions of stimulant medication and the rate of unintentional and/or intentional overexposure. Also, it is important to note that most exposures to stimulant medication used to treat ADHD would not be reported to poison control, thereby indicating that the rates of overexposure may very well be much higher. As with opioid prescriptions, ADHD medications are often sold to those without a prescription, presenting the risk of addiction and health complications.
Unintentional and/or intentional overexposure to ADHD stimulant medication may result in serious medical consequences such as prolonged vomiting, agitation, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and even death. Just as with any other medication, it is essential that these types of stimulants be taken only as prescribed, in consultation with your doctor, and with careful consideration of side effects and long-term impact. The temptation for misuse of stimulant medication is high, and therefore adults and parents of adolescents need to be vigilant in the storing and monitoring of these medications in order to avoid adverse consequences. Learn more by reading the full article at the link below:
Original article found on doximity.com; originally published on https://www.abc15.com/news/health/unnecessary-and-accidental-use-of-adhd-drugs-increases-more-than-60-percent-study-says