KIMT NEWS 3 (KIMT) – Doctors say the popular drug prescribed to help those with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder focus is a cause for the increase in emergency room visits.
Researchers say it’s 18-to-25-year-olds who are misusing Adderall without a prescription.
A recent study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health shows over a six-year study period, the non-medical use of Adderall increased 67 percent and emergency room visits went up 156 percent, with no change in treatment visits.
Physicians say the drug is being used by college students as a study-aid medication to help stay up without being conscious of possible harmful effects.
“Some of the side effects is overdosing, it is psychosis, it is cardiovascular, high blood pressure, arrhythmia,” says Farzad Jamshidian, emergency medicine physician at Mercy Hospital.
Doctors say the stimulate drug should be watched over in a database in the same way that prescription painkillers are monitored.
“The biggest thing is to use prescription as your doctor gives it to you, use it according to what the prescription is, and don’t use anybody else’s medications,” says Jamshidian.
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