A WebMD article states:

Researchers found calls to poison control centers for adolescent ADHD prescription drug abuse increased out of proportion to other poison center calls in recent years, which suggests a growing problem with abuse of these stimulant drugs.

The article also goes on to state that the study found that there was an increase in the abuse of all prescription drugs. However, stimulants were abused at a higher rate than actual prescription sales.

We need to be careful that we do not blame the diagnosis of ADHD (or those that have the diagnosis). I also find it interesting that articles regarding this study almost always use the term “ADHD medication” instead of “stimulant medication”, thus adding to the stigma of ADHD.

“ADHD drug abuse rising among teens”