Teens divert ADHD meds to street

Some teenage ADHD patients are passing their medications on to illicit drugs users, researchers have warned prescribers.

The findings of a study of 269 Sydney adults who used psychostimulant drugs more than once a week found that one third (31%) had used diverted pharmaceutical stimulants in the past.

Dexamphetamine and methylphenidate (Ritalin) were the two most commonly used drugs, with 83% saying that they had used the medication recreationally, and 18% saying they used them to help with inattention or hyperactivity.

In 71% of cases friends of the users provided the diverted