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ER Visits Associated With ADHD Medication Abuse Increase

1-800-315-2391  |  February 18th

ER Visits Associated With ADHD Medication Abuse Increase

The misuse of prescription drugs that are used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are often responsible for people winding up in emergency rooms across the United States. The abuse and of prescription medications has drastically increased throughout the U.S. in the past several years and ADHD medications are high on the list. From the year 2005 to 2010 emergency room visits that involved attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medications rose drastically according to MedlinePlus.

During that timeframe emergency room visits went from 13,400 to 31,200. You may think young teens are more likely to be the ones ending up in the ER due to problems involving drugs used to treat ADHD but not according to the report. From 2005 to 2010 the number of ER visits for children and teens under the age of 18 involving ADHD medications didn't drastically increase during that time period but the same can't be said for adults. There was a sharp rise in emergency room visits from 2005 to 2010 among adults eighteen years and older involving ADHD stimulant medications according to the report.

All medications have possible side effects that can be experienced when they're used and sometimes these symptoms are reasons a person may end up in the emergency room. Prescription drugs like ADHD medications are commonly misused anymore and serious complications arise when they're abused. Not everyone that misuses ADHD stimulant medications are abusing them to get high although, that's one reason they're often abused and people end up in the ER.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder medications are also abused to increase a person's academic performance in high school and are commonly abused among college students too. ADHD medications like Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta for example are often misused by students because they improve their ability to focus, concentrate, and stay awake for long periods of time. Taking stimulant medications for the wrong reasons, snorting them, combining them with alcohol or other drugs or using large doses can lead to serious health complications that require immediate medical attention and many young adults have wound up in the ER because of it.

Another reason ADHD medications are misused is because they suppress a person's appetite. Many people start abusing stimulant drugs to lose weight. The nonmedical use of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder drugs is extremely dangerous no matter what the reason is behind their misuse. In 2010 half of the emergency room visits that involved ADHD medications were due to nonmedical use according to MedlinePlus.


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