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Rise in abuse of stimulant medication by teens

A WebMD article states:

Researchers found calls to poison control centers for adolescent ADHD prescription drug abuse increased out of proportion to other poison center calls in recent years, which suggests a growing problem with abuse of these stimulant drugs.

The article also goes on to state that the study found that there was an increase in the abuse of all prescription drugs. However, stimulants were abused at a higher rate than actual prescription sales.

We need to be careful that we do not blame the diagnosis of ADHD (or those that have the diagnosis). I also find it interesting that articles regarding this study almost always use the term “ADHD medication” instead of “stimulant medication”, thus adding to the stigma of ADHD.

“ADHD drug abuse rising among teens”

By | 2016-10-05T06:46:12+00:00 August 25th, 2009|Categories: ADHD, Books, Depression/Anxiety, Events, Research|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Rise in abuse of stimulant medication by teens

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Dr. Stephanie Sarkis is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling based in Tampa Bay, Florida, where she specializes in the treatment of ADD/ADHD. Dr. Sarkis conducts evaluations, testing, diagnosis, and counseling services. She also is a public speaker, consultant, coach, and is a facilitator in collaborative law.