Adderall, a prescription drug that is supposed to be used primarily to treat attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among young people, is being abused by more students than ever, according to a study released by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study shows that there were an alarming number of Adderall overdoses, and subsequent emergency room visits, by young adults between 2006 and 2011.
The study examined data related to Adderall abuse, Ritalin abuse and abuse of other prescription drugs. The data the researchers looked at came from a variety of sources, including the National Disease and Therapeutic Index, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, and the Drug Abuse Warning Network. While researchers did not find any change in the trends for Ritalin abuse, they did find that overall prescriptions of Adderall, reported misuse of Adderall and emergency room visits caused by Adderall overdoses all rose significantly in recent years.
Far too many young people, including high school students, college students and young professionals, are over-using Adderall because they believe it will help them cram for exams, learn material or pull all-nighters on important work projects. These non-medical reasons for using Adderall are a problem because the drug has become extremely easy for young people to obtain, whether through legal prescriptions or family and friends.
A major issue with Adderall abuse is that it can have catastrophic health consequences for those abusing the drug. For example, Adderall and other similar stimulants have been known to cause heart problems, headaches, high blood pressure and even seizures.
To learn more about prescription drug abuse among young people, read the CBSNews.com article, “Adderall Misuse Rising among Young Adults.”
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