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The new study was for release Monday in the August edition of Pediatrics.
Mark Stein, a psychiatry professor and ADHD expert at University of Illinois at Chicago, said abuse typically involves crushing and snorting the pills, which speeds up the effects and can produce a buzz or sense of euphoria -- along with dangerous side effects.
Kids who develop serious side effects should be taken to the emergency room, where sedatives can be used to treat the problem, Stein said.
The study lacks information on whether abusers were teens with ADHD, but anecdotal evidence suggests many are not.
Stein said the study should not deter use of ADHD drugs in teens who really need them, particularly since there's evidence that kids with ADHD who don't get medication are at risk for abusing illicit drugs.
On the Net:
National Institute on Drug Abuse: http://www.nida.nih.gov/infofacts/ADHD.html
American Academy of Pediatrics:
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