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Calls to poison centers for ADHD medication errors have risen 300% since 2000, study finds

Amid rising diagnoses, a growing number of kids are getting prescriptions for ADHD medications — but the administered doses aren’t always accurate.

Medication errors for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have risen by nearly 300% between 2000 and 2021 for people younger than 20 years old, according to a recent study at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics last month, evaluated the share of annual ADHD medication errors among kids and teens as reported to U.S. poison centers.

“Some parents with undiagnosed and untreated ADHD themselves may be responsible for the dispensing of medications, a recipe for these kinds of mistakes,” Herman pointed out.

“More education for parents and caregivers is definitely needed to prevent these types of errors.”

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Melissa Rudy is health editor and a member of the lifestyle team at Fox News Digital. 

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