Teens Overdosing on Prescribed Anxiety and ADHD Medications

 ADHD in the News 2022-03-17

A large proportion of teens who overdosed on medications used to treat anxiety and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were prescribed those agents for mental health issues, according to findings published in Pediatrics. Overdoses in adolescents commonly involve prescription benzodiazepines or psychostimulants, suggesting that clinicians must weigh the risks and benefits of these medications more closely, the study authors suggested.