Coming Soon to a Neighborhood Near You: Adderall Abuse

First Appeared in the Huffington Post

April 8th, 2014


The rise of both the ADHD/ADD diagnosis and the use of stimulant drugs like Adderall, Concerta and Ritalin is once again front page news. A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) telephone survey found that nearly one in five high school boys' parents have been told their child has ADHD/ADD. Express-Scripts, the largest prescription insurance processor, in a recent report confirmed the highest prescription rates in boys but also documented explosive growth in prescriptions for adults with ADHD/ADD.

Telephone surveys and prescription rates are interesting but indirect measures of the use of stimulant drugs in the United States. However, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) maintains records of the annual quotas approved for production by drug companies in the United States for controlled substances like the stimulants. While the manufacturing quotas do not specifically indicate how much drug is actually taken by Americans, it is unlikely that drug companies would request a higher quota than they believed they could sell -- and if someone buys the drug, they are likely to take it.

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Grand Rounds at Children's Hospital Oakland on August 13th

I will be giving a very popular talk, The Sensible and Ethical Prescription of Psychiatric Drugs to Children, at Grand Rounds at Children's Hospital Oakland on Tuesday August 13th from 8 to 9 am.  There will be a question and answer period at the end of the presentation.  The talk is open to the public.  Please join me at the Auditorium in the Outpatient Center at Children's Hospital, 744 52nd St., Oakland.  Parking is available across the street from the Outpatient Center.

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