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ADHD Drug Abuse Running Rampant on College Campuses

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: A growing concern on college campuses is that students are "sharing" their ADHD drugs with others.
Air Date: 5/7/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Andrew Adesman, MD
Andrew Adesman 2012Dr. Adesman is Chief of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics at the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York and the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in New Hyde Park, and Professor of Pediatrics at the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine.

Dr. Adesman received his Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and completed his Residency in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, DC. He also completed a Fellowship in Child Development and Rehabilitation at the prestigious Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

In addition to Board certification in Pediatrics, Dr. Adesman is Board certified in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and also Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.

Dr. Adesman has authored many research and review articles on developmental disorders in children, and most recently, is the author of a new book focusing on common parenting myths, BabyFacts: The Truth about Your Child’s Health from Newborn through Preschool. He also co-authored a book on adoptive parenting: Parenting Your Adopted Child: A Positive Approach to Building a Strong Family.

Dr. Adesman has been repeatedly included in the book, How To Find the Best Doctors: New York Metro Area and is repeatedly listed in New York Magazine’s list of “Best Doctors in New York.”
ADHD Drug Abuse Running Rampant on College Campuses
Does your child take ADHD medication? Are they in college?

A growing concern on college campuses is that students are "sharing" their ADHD drugs with others.

Prescription drug abuse is the nation's fastest growing drug problem. More people in the U.S. died last year of drug overdoses than from car accidents, making prescription drug abuse the third leading cause of accidental death.

This epidemic has been particularly widespread on college campuses.

Between 1993 and 2005, the proportion of college students using prescription drugs went up dramatically. Use of stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall increased by 93 percent.

Dr. Andrew Adesman, Chief of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics at the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, explains the dangers of sharing prescription ADHD medications and how parents can help their students keep track of those medications and only use them for their intended purpose.
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