BOSTON – A new study in the Journal of Pediatrics finds errors involving ADHD medications in kids have risen sharply over the past two decades.
Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio studied national poison data from 2000 through 2021 and found that errors involving ADHD medications increased by almost 300% in people under 20 during that period.
Two-thirds of the cases occurred in kids ages 6 to 12. The most common error was accidentally taking or being given mediation twice, followed by taking someone else’s medication or taking the wrong medication.
With the rise in the number of prescriptions written for these drugs over the years comes a rise in mistakes made.
They say a greater focus on educating patients and their caregivers about how to take the medications and an improvement in child-safety dispensers could help reduce these errors.