ST. LOUIS, Mo (KMOX) – A new study by St. Louis-based Express Scripts looks at trends in ADHD drug usage.
Express Scripts’ Dr. David Muzina says overall, they found the use of ADHD medications rose 36% over the past five years. It was up 53% among adults.
“Medication use for ADHD has increased across men, women, boys and girls,” says Muzina. “Most surprisingly the biggest increase during this five year period was among adults particularly in young women between the ages of 26 to 34.”
Also in that period, the use in women alone, was up by 85% in women ages 26 and 34. Muzina says there may be a couple of reasons for that jump – possible over-diagnosis and over-treatment or women under stress while trying to juggle school, career and family life.
“There is an element of over diagnosis and over treatment here where physicians may be hearing about symptoms of inattention,” says Muzina. “Rather than doing a full thorough diagnostic assessment, perhaps reaching too soon for prescription medications…”
Muzina adds that women also tend to get diagnosed later in life.