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Should I be worried about long-term abuse problems caused by ADHD medications?

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Some people misuse ADHD stimulant drugs. They might crush the pills and snort them to get high, which can lead to a dangerous overdose.

If you don't have a history of substance abuse, it's unlikely you'll go down that road. But if you do, you could be at risk for misusing your ADHD drugs.

Talk to your doctor honestly about your past or current drug abuse. He can help you decide if ADHD drugs are OK for you.

SOURCES:

American College of Cardiology: "The Safety of Stimulant Medication Use in Cardiovascular and Arrhythmia Patients."

American College Health Association: "Use and Misuse of Stimulants."

Berman, S. , February 2009. Molecular Psychiatry

Cleveland Clinic: "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults," "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Stimulant Therapy."

Harvard Health Publications: "ADHD update: New data on the risks of medication."

National Resource Center on ADHD: "Managing Medication for Adults with ADHD."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

SOURCES:

American College of Cardiology: "The Safety of Stimulant Medication Use in Cardiovascular and Arrhythmia Patients."

American College Health Association: "Use and Misuse of Stimulants."

Berman, S. , February 2009. Molecular Psychiatry

Cleveland Clinic: "Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults," "Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: Stimulant Therapy."

Harvard Health Publications: "ADHD update: New data on the risks of medication."

National Resource Center on ADHD: "Managing Medication for Adults with ADHD."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 18, 2019

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