A new research study revealed that the exposure to common medicines used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is increased by more than 60% in U.S. children and adolescents.
In the study published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics, the researchers studied all the U.S. poison control centers. It was focused on the unintentional or intentional exposure to ADHD medications between 2000 and 2014 among children and adolescents. The research found that there was 64% increase from 7,018 in 2000 to 11,486 in 2014.
The authors of the study explained that the “exposure” includes various situations such as unnecessary inhalation, ingestion, or absorption of such types of medications.
Dr. Gary Smith, Director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital & lead author of the study, revealed that there was about a 60% rise in the number of people exposed and the calls reported to poison control centers regarding these medications.
During the study period, the poison control centers received approximately 156,000 calls. About 82% calls of them were considered as unintentional exposures and about 18% calls of them were said to be intentional exposures.
Smith proclaimed that this proportion in the study was the most surprising finding. The severity of the exposures was that the teenagers were exposed to these medications intentionally. Also, it came across three teenage group deaths.
The study also noticed a 71% increase in the frequency of these exposures between 2000 and 2011. A drop of 6.2% was found between 2011 and 2014. It is unclear why rates of exposure began to decline in 2011, according to Smith.
A new study is published in Pediatrics recently, which included the sports- and recreation-related eye injuries. It was conducted at Center for Injury Research and Policy of the Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The study was held for a period of 23 Years. It has noticed overall a slight decrease in eye injuries. However, there was an increase of about 170% in the eye injury rates associated with non-powder guns (including BB, pellet, and paintball guns).