SCRANTON, PA (11/20/2018) Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine students and faculty including Christy Ogden, MBS; Daniel Chung, MBS; James Caggiano, MD; Olapeju Simoyan, MD of Throop (Geisinger Marworth Treatment Center); and Brian Piper, PhD of Waverly, as well as collaborators at the University of New England and Husson University School of Pharmacy are the authors of a paper accepted for publication in PLOS ONE, an open access journal that features reports of original research from the natural sciences, medical research, as well as the related social sciences that will contribute to the base of biomedical knowledge.
The article, entitled, "Trends in Use of Prescription Stimulants in the United States and Territories, 2006 to 2016 ,"examines the regional and ethnic differences in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis, stimulant prescriptions, and the pharmaco-epidemiological pattern of these controlled substances over the past decade. This study examines data reported by pharmaceutical companies to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
This research concludes:
The paper concluded that, "Total stimulant usage doubled in the last decade. There were dynamic changes but also regional disparities in the use of stimulant medications. Future research is needed to better understand the reasons for the sizable regional and ethnic variations in use of these controlled substances."
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