SOURCE: A Forever Recovery

February 25, 2013 06:00 ET

A Forever Recovery: Adderall Abuse Should Encourage Prescriber Reform

The Recent Death of College Student Richard Fee Has Raised Greater Concerns Over How the Loose Treatment of Adderall Within the Medical Community Can Endanger Lives; Addiction Rehab Facility, A Forever Recovery, Comments on This Growing Abuse

BATTLE CREEK, MI--(Marketwire - Feb 25, 2013) - According to the staff at A Forever Recovery -- a leading drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Battle Creek, Michigan -- prescription drug abuse is a problem that Americans fail to acknowledge, despite the many accidents the result from the use of medications, such as Adderall. Although Adderall is a drug that has helped a large majority of ADHD patients, it is commonly abused by young adults, such as college students, who can easily access a prescription. A recent article from The New York Times highlights the recent suicide of Richard Fee in connection with his use of Adderall and a lack of medical supervision. While the article reports that death or suicide related to this kind of stimulant drug is uncommon, A Forever Recovery urges the public to learn from this incident.

Providing further insight on the dangers of Adderall abuse, the article reports, "After becoming violently delusional and spending a week in a psychiatric hospital in 2011, Richard met with his doctor and received prescriptions for 90 more days of Adderall. He hanged himself in his bedroom closet two weeks after they expired." According to The New York Times, the story of Richard Fee is one that uncovers "widespread failings" in the healthcare system regarding the high amount of medication prescribed for ADHD -- estimated to affect five million Americans.

Having welcomed many clients that suffer from prescription drug addiction, A Forever Recovery responds to this incident in a recent statement, "Taking away from the story of Richard Fee, it is clear that the medical community is very quick to prescribe medications solely based on the patient's verbal complaints." Citing data from I.M.S. Health, the article expands upon this widespread abuse and explains, "Young adults are by far the fastest-growing segment of people taking ADHD medications. Nearly 14 million monthly prescriptions for the condition were written for Americans ages 20 to 39 in 2011, two and a half times the 5.6 million just four years before." 

Although there are some that maintain the effectiveness of Adderall and other prescription medications, A Forever Recovery encourages all individuals to stay aware of risks, signs of addiction and alternative reasons why an individual may be using the drug. In its press statement, A Forever Recovery concludes, "Adderall is used by many as a means for weight loss and staying awake, and is highly addictive, especially when used in conjunction with street drugs."

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