ADHD Prescription Medication Abuse Grows

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According to a recent and startling report from the Substance Abuse And Mental Health Services Administration, or SAMHSA, emergency room visits increased by 300 percent for those between the age of 18 and 34 for stimulant-related reasons from 2005 to 2011; it was also noted that these drugs were taken for nonmedical reasons, or in other words, illegitimately. A popular stimulant drug called Adderall, which is used to treat ADHD, is used by many college students and young teenagers to enhance performance and help keep focus. However, there are many negative side effects that have proven to be too strong for some users, leading to heart and blood vessel problems, along with addiction, dependency, and overdose from bad mixes and combinations with other drugs such as alcohol.

The increase in emergency room visits skyrocketed in only 6 years, by about 5 times greater from 2005 compared to 2011; 22,949 adults visited the hospital compared to 5,605 in 2005. The controversy over restrictions is making sure it is not too restricted, as it is also true that there are many people who need the medication to live happy normal lives. And issue arises when some healthy people decided to take advantage of the availability of such drugs and abuse such freedom; they may take pills from their family members or friends, purchase them, or steal them. A lot of people start from just curiosity, and end up liking the stimulant sensations so much that they continue with it. Before they know it, their tolerance has already blinded them from the fact that their doses are increasing as their need for it increases. It is a domino effect.

It is estimated that 35 percent of college students use some kind of stimulant on a regular basis, or for certain situations like exams or tests. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a serious illness that can be treated and coped with; however, the same drugs that help those with ADHD influence others differently. It enhances their focus, causes euphoria, changes mood, and even makes them more sociable. These side-effects can easily become out of control with dependency, due to the fact that a person's intake increases and soon the body needs it to function normally. Without Adderall, the addict may become aggressive, irritable, depressed, tired, suicidal, and suffer from physical withdrawal symptoms such as sweating, insomnia, and brain functioning problems. One of the few preventable solutions is to reach out to more kids and young people, and inform them about what can happen to them and any given moment in their lives.

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