Workers Seeking Productivity in a Pill Are Abusing ADHD Drugs

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/19/us/workers-seeking-productivity-in-a-pill-are-abusing-adhd-drugs.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0

Most users who were interviewed said they got pills by feigning symptoms of A.D.H.D., a disorder marked by severe impulsivity and inattention, to physicians who casually write prescriptions without proper evaluations. Others got them from friends or dealers…

Lisa Deese of Fishers, Ind., said she had abused Adderall as a stay-at-home mother of three for years. The pills, she said, “were like mommy crack.”

“I got so much more done during the day,” she added. “I was hooked by my first pill.” …

It sounds like the New York Times is trying to start a drug war against these kinds of drugs, with the same media-type frenzy that exists with opioids.  In other words, I’m not buying it.

The number of stimulant misusers who become addicted is unclear. But supply has risen sharply: About 2.6 million American adults received A.D.H.D. medication in 2012, a rise of 53 percent in only four years, according to Express Scripts, the nation’s largest prescription-drug manager. Use among adults 26 to 34 almost doubled.

Ah, Express Scripts, trying to save themselves some money.  Profit, ain’t it grand?

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