Medications For AD/HD Pose Dangers Of Abuse, Dependence In Adults

In a greater than 2,600-word “Watchdog” investigative article, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (5/21, Fauber, Fiore) reported on the dangers of abuse and dependence in adults posed by some medications for the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD). Currently, medications to treat AD/HD “have become one of the most lucrative sectors of the US drug market, totaling more than $10 billion in sales and 83 million prescriptions in 2014, according to data from IMS Health,” with adults more of these medications to treat AD/HD. The article also pointed out that the “2013 edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association, relaxed the definition for” AD/HD in adults.

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— “Drugs for treatment of adult ADHD carry risk of dependence, abuse,” John Fauber and Kristina Fiore, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 22, 2016.

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