Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - The number of young people who end up in the emergency room after taking Adderall, Ritalin or other similar stimulants has quadrupled in recent years.
National data from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services reports the number of ER visits related to stimulants among people ages 18 to 34 was 23,000 in 2011, which is up from the 5,600 reported in 2005.
Scientists have not firmly established the reasons for the rise, but do know that more than half of young people who misuse drugs receive them at no charge from a friend or relative.
Misuse of these drugs has been linked to heart and blood vessel problems, as well as to drug abuse or dependence.
About one-third of ER visits related to stimulants among young people involve alcohol.