Unnecessary and accidental use of ADHD drugs increases over 60%

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Exposure to common medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has increased by more than 60% in US children and adolescents, according to a new study.

The study, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, looked at all calls to US poison control centers for unintentional or intentional exposure to ADHD medications between 2000 and 2014 among children and adolescents. 

The researchers found that the number of calls increased from 7,018 in 2000 to 11,486 in 2014 — a 64% increase.

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