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Doctors Urged to Screen for ADHD in Addicts

Posted on February 13, 2014 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Doctors Urged to Screen for ADHD in Addicts ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity) disorder is a childhood behavioral disorder that sometimes produces problems well into adulthood. Current evidence indicates that people affected by ADHD have unusually high risks for developing a substance use disorder; however, the estimates of the overlap between ADHD and substance use disorders vary to an extreme degree. In a multinational study published in January 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, researchers from the U.S. and nine European countries sought to explain this uncommonly high level of variability.

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What to Do When ADHD Treatment Stops Working

Posted on December 22, 2013 in Research & News

What to Do When ADHD Treatment Stops WorkingBeing a parent of a child with ADHD is not easy. Your child struggles to control his impulsive behaviors, both at home and at school. He has a hard time concentrating, listening and focusing on one task at a time; and he is often hyperactive. ADHD is not uncommon among American children, especially boys, and much research has been done to determine how best to treat it. For most, a combination of medication and behavioral therapy works best.

If you have been working with a team to control your child’s ADHD with success, but are noticing changes, your treatment plan may need revising. There are many possible reasons treatment works for a child for a year or two, only to stop working. It is frustrating to recognize the difficult symptoms reemerging, but there is hope. If you can work with your expert team to figure out what is happening and what to do next, both you and your child will find relief and get back to normal.

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ADHD in Childhood Linked to Obesity

Posted on December 17, 2013 in Prescription Drug Addiction

ADHD in Childhood Linked to ObesityObesity is the common term for a level of excess body weight high enough to pose serious dangers to a person’s health and well-being. Significant numbers of adults and children in the U.S. carry enough excess weight to qualify for an obesity diagnosis. Two separate studies published in 2013 examined the impact of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) on a child’s short- and long-term chances of becoming obese. These studies concluded that the presence of ADHD symptoms substantially raises the risks for obesity in adolescence and in adulthood.

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Statistics, Side Effects of Prescription Stimulant Abuse

Posted on July 9, 2013 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Statistics, Side Effects of Prescription Stimulant AbuseThe U.S. may only make up about 4 percent of the total global population, but this country currently produces more than 85 percent of the world’s prescription amphetamines and their alternatives. It comes as no surprise that some of these drugs are abused. Some users, both teens and adults, abuse their prescription Adderall or Ritalin by taking more than directed, or by taking their medicine in an unapproved way. Others may abuse these drugs by buying them off the street, or accepting them from a well-meaning friend or relative. While taking these drugs may seem relatively harmless (after all, they’re legally prescribed medicine, right?), prescription drug abuse of amphetamines (like Adderall and Ritalin) can come with serious and dangerous consequences.

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Adderall Abuse Can Lead to a Heart Attack

Posted on April 20, 2013 in Stimulants

Adderall Abuse Can Lead to a Heart AttackAdderall is the brand name of a prescription medication that contains the stimulant drug amphetamine, as well as a closely related stimulant called dextroamphetamine. This medication is commonly used to control the symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and doctors also sometimes prescribe it for treatment of the sleep disorder narcolepsy. Adderall has gained significant popularity among some high school and college students as illicit study aids. When abused in this or any other way, Adderall can lead to a heart attack.

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Health Effects of Ritalin Abuse

Posted on March 6, 2013 in Stimulants

Health Effects of Ritalin AbuseRitalin is the brand name for one popular form of methylphenidate, a medication commonly used to treat symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. Other methylphenidate-based products sold in the US include Concerta, Rubifen, Metadate ER, and Methylin ER. Methylphenidate has a chemical structure that’s similar to the structure of the illegal drug cocaine, and inside the brain it produces stimulating effects that closely resemble those produced by drugs called amphetamines. Despite these similarities, when taken in low doses under a doctor’s supervision, the drug presents relatively minor risks for serious harm to human health. However, illicit methylphenidate abuse can have much more profound health-related consequences.

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Ritalin (methylphenidate) Addiction

Posted on January 24, 2013 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Ritalin AddictionRitalin (methylphenidate) is a Schedule II Controlled Substance, which means the United States government classifies it as having “a high potential for abuse .. that may lead to a severe psychological and physical dependence.” The government considers methylphenidate, the main ingredient in Ritalin, to be as addictive as cocaine, morphine, opium, and other Schedule II drugs.

American physicians write over 18 million prescriptions for Ritalin every year, and it ranks among the most frequently prescribed and most frequently stolen drugs.

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Children With ADHD More Likely to Develop Addiction

Posted on May 23, 2012 in Research & News

Parents worry that they are missing a sign that their child may be involved in using illegal substances. They may carefully watch the friends that pass through their home, looking for clues that they might influence their child in a negative way. Parents may also regularly check in with their kids, keeping an open dialogue about substance-related choices.

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Study Drugs Are a Growing Problem

Posted on November 28, 2010 in Stimulants

For years, it has been common practice for college students to take advantage of certain substances that would enable them to better perform a task, stay up late to study or simply concentrate more thoroughly on a project. To the average college student this may seem normal – to others it is drug abuse.

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Adderall Becoming Abused Drug on College Campuses, With Dangerous Side Effects

Posted on November 17, 2010 in Adolescent Drug Abuse

The ability to focus intensely and stay awake for hours could be considered a study requirement on many college campuses – but recently more students have been reported to abuse the stimulant drug Adderall, with serious potential for consequences.

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