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Raising a Generation of Pill-Poppers; How Abuse of “Uppers,” “Downers,” and Stimulants Threatens an Entire Generation

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  • ADHD drugs have gained a reputation as “cognition enhancers” among students and young professionals. 48.4 million prescriptions for ADHD stimulants were written in 2011, up 39 percent from 2007
  • Adverse effects of ADHD drugs include permanent brain damage, liver, heart, and blood vessel damage, heart attack, stroke, sudden death, depression, suicide, and an increased cancer risk
  • Benzodiazepines, a class of anxiety drugs, are also widely overused and a common source of drug addiction. The combination of benzodiazepines and opioids accounts for about 30 percent of all opioid-related deaths
  • Taking a narcotic painkiller 180 days or longer can increase your risk of developing depression by 53 percent
  • Many who take these kinds of drugs would fare better were they to address core issues relating to their general lifestyle and health, such as diet, sleep, exercise, and employing effective tools for stress relief

By Dr. Mercola

Far from being recognized for their potential health hazards, ADHD drugs have gained a reputation as "cognition enhancers" among students and young professionals. Narcotic painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs, and antidepressants are also notoriously overprescribed, which I'll address below.


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