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Concerns About ADHD Practices and Amphetamine Addiction

New York Times

This article presents a harrowing example of what can go wrong when a diagnosis is only partially addressed.

"Young adults are by far the fastest-growing segment of people taking A.D.H.D medications. Nearly 14 million monthly prescriptions for the condition were written for Americans ages 20 to 39 in 2011, two and a half times the 5.6 million just four years before, according to the data company I.M.S. Health. While this rise is generally attributed to the maturing of adolescents who have A.D.H.D. into young adults combined with a greater recognition of adult A.D.H.D. in general many experts caution that savvy college graduates, freed of parental oversight, can legally and easily obtain stimulant prescriptions from obliging doctors."

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