Well­ness Arti­cles

ADHD Drugs Send Thou­sands to Emer­gency Rooms

The above is a head­line from the May 24, 2006 AP arti­cle appear­ing on ABC News Health web­site. Accord­ing to the story, the U.S. cen­tres for Dis­ease Con­trol (CDC) and Pre­ven­tion released the first national esti­mates of this prob­lem. Accord­ing to the CDC these drugs cause approx­i­mately 3,100 peo­ple to have to go to the emer­gency room each year. Of those the CDC esti­mates that nearly two-​thirds are over­doses and acci­den­tal use.

The arti­cle notes that an esti­mated 3.3 mil­lion Amer­i­cans who are 19 or younger and nearly 1.5 mil­lion ages 20 and older are tak­ing ADHD med­i­cines. From the years 1999 to 2003 there were 25 deaths and 54 cases of seri­ous heart prob­lems, includ­ing heart attacks and strokes, that were reported to the US Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion, (FDA). Addi­tion­ally, the CDC reported that in the 64 hos­pi­tals they mon­i­tored alone from August 2003 through Decem­ber 2005, there were 188 emer­gency room vis­its due to these drugs. Researchers extrap­o­lated these num­bers to all U.S. hos­pi­tals result­ing in an esti­mated 3,075 ER vis­its occur­ring each year.

The arti­cle noted that many of the inci­dents were due to chil­dren get­ting into par­ents pre­scrip­tions, but side effects such as car­diac prob­lems, chest pain, stroke, high blood pres­sure and fast heart rate were also noted.

Accord­ing to CDC epi­demi­ol­o­gist Dr. Adam Cohen, other com­mon symp­toms from ADHD drugs include abdom­i­nal pain, rashes and spasms, and pain or weak­ness in muscles.

Ran­dom Article

A story that appeared in the April 19, 2004 Asso­ci­ated Press, high­lighted schools that were elim­i­nat­ing all junk food from school grounds.

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