Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) decided that drugs used to treat attention deficit disorder (ADHD) did not need to carry a “black-box” warning. But according to the first national estimates on ADHD drugs, thousands of children and adults are sent to emergency rooms for accidental overdoses and side effects.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CPSC) conducted a study using a new hospital surveillance network to help give a clearer idea of the drugs’ side effects.
From August 2003 to December 2005 the study found:
Around 3.3 million people 19 and younger and 1.5 million ages 20 and older take ADHD medicines, such as Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall. The FDA has received 25 deaths linked to the drugs, 19 involving children from 1999 through 2003.