Study Shows that Adolescent ADHD Prescription Drug Abuse is Increasing

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New InsideADHD.org Toolkit is available to help families ensure medication safety

With the increase in the number of teens misusing or abusing prescription ADHD medications, there is an even greater need for parents, physicians, and teachers to be on the 'same page' and to closely monitor adolescents who are being treated for ADHD

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics has revealed a sharp increase in the number of calls to poison control centers regarding teen abuse of prescription medication for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center analyzed data from the American Association of Poison Control Center's National Poison Data System from 1998-2005, and discovered a 76% increase in the number of calls related to the abuse of prescription ADHD medication by adolescents.

To assist families of children with ADHD who may be concerned about this trend, Inflexxion, a behavioral health research company in Newton, MA., has published a free parent toolkit. The online toolkit, designed for families of elementary, middle-school, and high-school students with ADHD, contains practical tools to help parents manage the risks of ADHD medications. Examples include a Medication Contract for parents to use with their children, a Medication Log for tracking the use of ADHD medications, and Sample Letters for communicating with health care providers and teachers about a child's condition and treatment.

"With the increase in the number of teens misusing or abusing prescription ADHD medications, there is an even greater need for parents, physicians, and teachers to be on the 'same page' and to closely monitor adolescents who are being treated for ADHD," remarks Mary Robertson, RN, co-founder of the Lexington, Kentucky Bluegrass Chapter of Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) and a former National President of CHADD. "Inflexxion's ADHD Toolkit can help families get organized whenever a change in dosage is required or when a new medication is started. As a new school year begins, it is important for parents to communicate any changes in treatment and performance with their child's teachers and doctors; the toolkit is an excellent resource for tracking."

The toolkit was created by Inflexxion researchers with guidance from the nationally recognized experts on the Advisory Board for Inflexxion's InsideADHD.org website. Developed to serve as a comprehensive resource, the website has articles, lessons, and tools to assist with the day-to-day challenges of life with ADHD. Visitors are invited to sign up to receive InsideADHD's free monthly e-newsletter.

About Inflexxion
Founded in 1989, Inflexxion leverages technology to improve public health. We create clinically validated tools and programs for critical areas of health care, including prevention and wellness education, addiction and pain treatment, and pharmaceutical risk management. These innovative solutions help reduce health-related risks, enhance clinical outcomes, and positively impact the quality of care.

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