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Sunday, October 01, 2006


Question the wisdom of a medication break...

Highlights from article:

United Press International - Consumer Health - ADHD raises teens' accident risk: "ADHD raises teens' accident risk"
UPI Correspondent

"WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Teenage drivers afflicted with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder face an even greater risk of car accidents, already the leading cause of death among adolescents in the United States, according to a new study at the University of Virginia Health System...

"Historically there's been this thinking that it's good to take a break (from the medications) on weekends or in the summer, kind of a 'drug holiday.' But those 'drug holidays' are the times when people end up in the emergency room," Cox said. "If you ask when teenagers are least likely to be medicated, and then you ask when they're most likely to be in accidents, it's the same answer." ...

Maintaining a regular dosing schedule can save a life, confirms Alison O'Brien, a 20-year-old Reston, Va., student. O'Brien was 16 when she was lucky to survive a head-on collision one Sunday morning when she forgot to take her daily ADHD treatment..."


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