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Ritalin/Adderall Abuse Caregiver Tips
- Don’t be unrealistically afraid of addiction. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is a common diagnosis among children, and Ritalin and Adderall are commonly prescribed to treat the disorder. When used correctly, the drugs are an effective treatment for the disorder, and they are very unlikely to be addictive. Some parents are also concerned that their child’s use of these drugs could lead to problems with substance abuse later in the child’s life; studies have shown that this is not the case.
- Be aware of how the drugs are used. A common misconception is that Adderall abuse is most prevalent among children and adolescents, the population to whom the drug is most often prescribed. However, abuse of the drug is most common among college-age and older adults. Misunderstanding the problem can lead parents, friends, or loved ones to overlook the possibility of Adderall abuse in young adults.
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