Abuse of ADHD Drugs on the Rise

But what's critical, he said, is letting your kids know that taking drugs that weren't prescribed for them, or taking more than what was prescribed is not OK.

"We have to start thinking proactively instead of reactively," said Hedrick. "Fifty percent of kids report never hearing a single word about prescription drug abuse, but these drugs are just as dangerous, just as addictive and just as deadly as illicit drugs."

"Right now, parents may feel a sense of relief that their kids are taking medicines and not street drugs," he said. "But what we really have is the perfect storm because there's a lack of awareness and an ease of availability."

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse has more on ADHD medications and possible abuse of them.

SOURCES: Jennifer Setlik, M.D., emergency physician, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati; Tom Hedrick, founding member, The Partnership for a Drug-Free America; September 2009 Pediatrics

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