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Teens abuse Adderall and other prescribed medicines

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Ninety percent of addictions start in the teenage years, according to The Partnership at Drugfree.org. Adderall, a stimulant used to treat ADHD, has seen increased abuse by high school seniors, every year since 2009.

The Partnership at Drugfree.org works with parents and other influencers to help them prevent and get help for drug and alcohol abuse by teens and young adults. One thing parents can do now is take control of the Adderall prescribed to their children. While teens may be old enough to take their own medicine on time, they are not responsible when it comes to Adderall.

Teens either take more than the dose prescribed or sell the Adderall, and other prescribed medicines, for cash. Many teens who needed Adderall so they could function in elementary and middle schools have outgrown the diagnoses of ADHD by the time they enter high school. This leaves them with a highly-prized commodity, which is sold for profit.

Only children who truly exhibit symptoms of ADD/ADHD should ever be prescribed a medicine. It is the responsibility of the parents or legal guardians to keep this sought-after black-market prescription drug out of the hands of teens.

There are several natural remedies that work well for children with ADHD. St. John's wort is one of the better-known treatments. Amphetamines should be a last resort in treating mood disorders in children.

Lock all medicine cabinets in the home and put the key someplace safe, not hanging in plain sight where there is easy access. These drugs are dangerous and could be fatal if taken incorrectly.

Concerned adults can call the Parents Toll-Free Helpline at 1-855-DRUGFREE. Changes must be made in the way teens use Adderall or they will face coping with ADD without treatment.

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