Non Adherence to ADHD Medications Leads to Illicit Drug Use Study

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The non-medical use of prescription drugs is a complex issue and is treated as an epidemic in the United States. It is responsible for the rising rate of emergency department visits and deaths from reactions and overdoses. Experts say the prevalence of prescription drug abuse is similar among men and women.

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Non-Adherence to ADHD Medications Leads to Illicit Drug Use: Study The non-medical use of prescription drugs is a complex issue and is treated as an epidemic in the United States. It is responsible for the rising rate of emergency department visits and deaths from reactions and overdoses. Experts say the prevalence of prescription drug abuse is similar among men and women. Many people believe prescription drugs are safer than the usual addictive drugs and will not produce undesirable effects. However its misuse causes compulsive drug seeking and leads to use that is harmful for the addict and people around him. Such medications are dangerous and put the users at various physical and mental health-related risks. What does Ameritox data reveal A 2016 research by Ameritox which helps in prescription drug monitoring to address the epidemic of prescription drug abuse revealed that one out of three patients treated for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD showed no traces of the prescribed stimulants. According to the data collected from over 4000 patients between July 1 2014 and June 30 2015 when ADHD patients do not adhere to prescription stimulants for treatment it leads to an increase in the rates of illicit drug use and non-medical use of opioids and benzodiazepines. In over 20 percent of patients who showed no evidence of the use of prescribed stimulant tetrahydrocannabinol THC was found in their blood. Ameritox is a leader in pain medication monitoring solutions. The solutions help clinicians coordinate and optimize care of chronic pain patients. Members of Ameritoxs medical affairs team also revealed that patients who did not show any indications of prescribed stimulants about four in 10 cases were detected positive for non-prescribed opioid non-prescribed benzodiazepine THC and/or cocaine.

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Significantly high rates of non-adherence were seen in patients treated for ADHD across all age groups. On the contrary patients aged over 60 showed the lowest rates of potential non- adherence with 24.4 percent cases reporting negative for prescribed drug. Those aged between 20 and 29 years showed the highest rates of potential non-adherence with over 40 percent samples showing negative for their prescribed stimulant. “Even in the best case scenarios the potential for diversion or illicit drug use is alarmingly high. The misuse abuse and diversion of ADHD medications cannot be casually brushed aside when these results suggest that even when the prescribed ADHD medication is found there is a nearly one in four chance that the sample will also test positive for potentially dangerous substances” says Dr. Tom Smith chief medical officer Ameritox. Making help available It’s critical that the patient understaznds the potential risks associated with the long-term use of prescription drugs. Educating patients about the ill effects of prescription drug abuse is an important step toward preventing big health issues in the future. A person should also inform his physician about his medical history and other medicines or supplements he is taking. If you or your loved one is struggling with prescription drug abuse it is time to get in touch with the California Prescription Drug Abuse Helpline. Call anytime at our 24/7 helpline number 855- 738-2770. Our experts can guide you to the best prescription drug addiction treatment in California. For more information please visit www.californiaprescriptionabusehelpline.com

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