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ADHD Drugs Durham NC

As more and more prescriptions are being written for medications to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), more and more children are abusing these drugs in Durham. That's the conclusion of new research in the September issue of Pediatrics that found the rate of ADHD medication abuse was up 76 percent from 1998 to 2005, and at the same time, the rates of prescriptions for these medications rose about 80 percent.

Ms. Irene Kennedy
Irene vanD Kennedy, LCSW
(919) 571-2671
3716 National Drive Suite 224
Raleigh, NC
Credentials
Credentials: MSW, LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
25 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Depression, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Women's Issues
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Paula Sanders Newman
(919) 330-0079
Paula S. Newman, PLLC1058 W. Club Blvd.
Durham, NC
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, ADHD, Anger Management, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: Webster University
Year of Graduation: 2004
Years In Practice: 5 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: African-American, Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Children
Average Cost
$80 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: Medicaid

Dr. Jay C. Williams
(919) 942-8716
Jay C. Williams, Ph.D., LCSW1829 East Franklin Street
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Parenting, ADHD
Qualification
School: Smith College School for Social work
Year of Graduation: 1991
Years In Practice: 30+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: African-American, Any
Gender: Male
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Average Cost
$70 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Christopher Ricci
(919) 335-5089
8009-104 Creedmoor Rd
Raleigh, NC
Specialties
ADHD, Child or Adolescent, Parenting
Qualification
School: PGSP
Year of Graduation: 2001
Years In Practice: 8 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Male
Age: Adolescents,Children
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Ms. Laura Brightwood
(919) 500-7312
3-C Family Services1901 N Harrison Ave
Cary, NC
Specialties
Relationship Issues, ADHD, Parenting, Elderly Persons Disorders
Qualification
School: University of Kentucky
Year of Graduation: 1996
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Average Cost
$110 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Horizon Healthcare

Mrs. Kim Mitchell
Creative Solutions Counseling, LLC
(919) 782-0272
5561-201 McNeely Drive
Raleigh, NC
Credentials
Credentials: LCSW
Licensed in North Carolina
27 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Infertility, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder,
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Disabled, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness, Cancer Patients
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

Data Provided by:
Dr. Sarah Shook
(919) 648-1654
Sarah Shook, Ph.D., P.A.5015 Southpark Drive
Durham, NC
Specialties
Attention Deficit (ADHD), Parenting, Relationship Issues, Mood Disorders
Qualification
School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Year of Graduation: 2008
Years In Practice: 3 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6),Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$140+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Michael David Loven
(919) 344-0982
800 Eastowne Drive, Suite 201
Chapel Hill, NC
Specialties
Anxiety or Fears, Mood Disorders, Attention Deficit (ADHD)
Qualification
School: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Year of Graduation: 1980
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$100 - $150
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Dr. Eve Fontaine
(919) 428-2766 x3
OrensteinSolutions1100 NW Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Anxiety or Fears, ADHD, Impulse Control Disorders
Qualification
School: Texas A&M University - College Station
Year of Graduation: 2005
Years In Practice: 3 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Dr. Kristen Wynns
(919) 429-7509
130 Preston Executive Drive
Cary, NC
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Attention Deficit (ADHD), psychoeducational evaluations
Qualification
School: University of North Carolina - Greensboro
Year of Graduation: 2003
Years In Practice: 8 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults
Average Cost
$130 - $140
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

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MONDAY, Aug. 24 (HealthDay News) -- As more and more prescriptions are being written for medications to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), more and more children are abusing these drugs.

That's the conclusion of new research in the September issue of Pediatrics that found the rate of ADHD medication abuse was up 76 percent from 1998 to 2005, and at the same time, the rates of prescriptions for these medications rose about 80 percent.

"We looked at all the poison control centers across the nation and found a significant increase in the number of calls for ADHD medication abuse that parallels the amount of prescriptions being written," said Dr. Jennifer Setlik, an emergency physician at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio and a study author.

What's more, Setlik said, is that this study is "not an estimate of the total problem" because it looks only at data from poison control centers, but it gives doctors and parents a snapshot of the trend toward rising abuse of these medications with increasing availability.

ADHD affects between 8 percent and 12 percent of children, and as many as 4 percent of adults worldwide, according to background information in the study. The disorder is commonly treated with stimulant medications, which have a seemingly paradoxical effect on people with ADHD, allowing them to concentrate and function more effectively. The drugs most often prescribed are mixed amphetamine salts (Adderall) and methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta), according to the study.

The study also reports that next to marijuana, prescription medications are the most common drugs that teenagers use to get high. This may be because teens believe these medications are safe because they've been prescribed by a doctor, or simply because of their availability.

To assess whether increased availability of ADHD medications would also cause a rise in the number of teens abusing the drugs, Setlik and her colleagues reviewed data from the National Poison Data System, which includes information from poison control centers across the United States.

The researchers looked for cases of intentional abuse or misuse of ADHD medications in youths 13 to 19 years old from 1998 through 2005.

They found that over the eight-year study period, the number of calls to poison control centers regarding ADHD medication use went up 76 percent, from 330 calls during the first year to 581 calls the last year.

At the same time, overall ADHD prescriptions increased by 80 percent for all children and teens, and about 86 percent for kids between 10 and 19 years old.

The data didn't include information about whether a teen abusing an ADHD medication was the one who had been prescribed the drug or whether the abuser was a teen without ADHD who was taking the medications.

Parents "need to be aware of the potential for the abuse of these medications for teens that have and haven't been prescribed them," Setlik said.

If a child is taking ADHD medication, she recommended keeping an eye on the amount the child is using.

Tom Hedrick, one of the founding members of The Partnership for a Drug-Free America, agreed that parents need to monitor any prescription medications their children use to make sure that they're being used properly. He also advised parents to safeguard their own prescriptions.

But what's critical, he said, is letting your kids know that taking drugs that weren't prescribed for them, or taking more than what was prescribed is not OK.

"We have to start thinking proactively instead of reactively," said Hedrick. "Fifty percent of kids report never hearing a single word about prescription drug abuse, but these drugs are just as dangerous, just as addictive and just as deadly as illicit drugs."

"Right now, parents may feel a sense of relief that their kids are taking medicines and not street drugs," he said. "But what we really have is the perfect storm because there's a lack of awareness and an ease of availability."

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse has more on ADHD medications and possible abuse of them.

SOURCES: Jennifer Setlik, M.D., emergency physician, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati; Tom Hedrick, founding member, The Partnership for a Drug-Free America; September 2009 Pediatrics

Author: By Serena Gordon
HealthDay Reporter

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