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Report Probes Overdose Deaths Among Teens on ADHD Medication

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March 16, 2022More than a quarter of teens who overdosed on medications used to treat anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) had received a recent medical prescription for benzodiazepines or psychostimulants, according to a new study published in Pediatrics.

1For the study, researchers studied data from the commercial claims database on privately insured youth aged 15 to 24 who overdosed on benzodiazepines or stimulants in emergency rooms between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2018.

Researchers then compared the data with prescription records to determine which patients had a doctor’s prescription for the medication.

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