Prescription stimulant abuse: vigilance is needed
The use of stimulants to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is widely accepted as safe and effective, provided that prescriptions are made in accordance with medical guidelines. There is a clear body of evidence showing that treating ADHD with stimulants actually reduces the risk of ADHD patients developing a substance-use disorder later in life. However, there have been increasing numbers of reports saying that stimulants prescribed to the general population are being diverted.
ADHD in practice 2010; 2(2): 11–13
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