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Student’s OD death highlights dangers of pill ‘speedballing’

overdoseThe recent overdose death of a 24-year-old law student at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. underscores the dangers of speedballing – the combination of stimulant and depressant drugs. In this case, the student died after mixing heroin and the prescription drug Adderall, which is meant to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to this article. Substance abusers also commonly use it to counteract the effects of heroin so they can take more of the opiate.

Obviously, the practice of speedballing is nothing new. But the widespread abuse of prescription drugs has brought things to a whole new level. Nearly 60% of drug-related deaths in 2010 involved prescription drugs, and three-quarters of those deaths involved opioids such as oxycodone and morphine, according the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here is a list of common drug cocktails – including medicines as seemingly innocuous as Tylenol – that can be deadly when mixed together.

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Doctors over-prescribing ADHD meds: NYT

bunchofpillsThe New York Times has a devastating story about a family who lost their 24-year-old son to suicide after he became addicted to the prescription drug Adderall. The story calls into question doctors who skip established diagnostic procedures, renew prescriptions reflexively and spend too little time with patients to accurately monitor side effects, noting that highly-addictive medications like Adderall provide a tunnel-like focus that has led growing numbers of teenagers and young adults to fake symptoms to obtain steady prescriptions.

Nearly 14 million monthly prescriptions for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, were written for Americans ages 20 to 39 in 2011, two and a half times the 5.6 million just four years before, the article says.

Separately, a new study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry revealed a significantly higher prevalence of substance abuse and cigarette use by adolescents with ADHD, according to this article.

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