Study: Adderall abuse on the rise in 18-25 year-old set


Abuse of the drug Adderall, prescribed for attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder or ADHD,  is growing dramatically in the young adult set and causing emergency room visits related to the drug to soar, according to a study released this week by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The findings published Tuesday in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry were summarized by Johns Hopkins news site the Hub this way (the bold is added):

The popular conception has been that Adderall abuse is most severe among older children and adolescents. But the Hopkins researchers found that 60 percent of non-medical Adderall use for ages 12 and up was happening among 18- to 25-year-olds.

In the study’s focus period from 2006 to 2011, researchers saw that non-prescribed use of Adderall by young adults went up by 67 percent and associated emergency room visits rose by 156 percent. Over the same period, regular treatment visits involving Adderall remained unchanged for this age group. The problem appears to be less severe with younger adolescents. For this age group, the study saw that treatment visits for Adderall declined during the six-year period, non-medical use remained stable, and emergency room visits declined by 54 percent.

For years now, health authorities have been warning that teens and young adults were turning to the stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin as a study drug to help them focus.

But the drugs can cause health problems, some as minor as stomach aches and headaches to whoppers like seizures, high blood pressure and heart problems in kids.

The Johns Hopkins researchers said the young adults, were getting their pills from relatives and friends with prescriptions. The problem appeared most significantly in the 18-to-25 year-old set.


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