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|NUMBER 242||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||MARCH 2006|
|25 Die After Taking ADHD Drugs|
Children accounted for 19 of the deaths and 26 of the nonfatal cardiovascular problems, including heart attack, stroke, hypertension, palpitations, and arrhythmia.
The FDA report also included data on 26 more deaths between 1969 and 2003 in ADHD drug patients including death by suicide, overdose, drowning, and heatstroke. The FDA is now discussing new ways of examining the risks of amphetamines, such as Adderall, and methyl-phenidates, which are sold as Ritalin, Concerta, Methylin, and Metadate. The FDA admitted that the few studies that have looked at use of ADHD drugs provide little information on these risks. (Associated Press, 2-9-06)