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Suicide Link to ADHD Drug

Amy Corderoy, Health Editor for the Sydney Morning Herald, 5 October 2013Blue and White Medications on a Blue BackgroundA nine-year-old boy has killed himself and two other children have attempted  suicide while taking a drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity  disorder, federal drug authorities have said.

The news comes as figures obtained by Fairfax Media show NSW is Australia’s  ADHD drug capital, with medication use continuing to rise.

Medications, including Strattera and the stimulant Ritalin, are prescribed in NSW at almost double the rate of Victoria,  Department of Health and Ageing data  indicates.

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