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Mar 12, 2014 1:17 PM by NBC News

More young adults taking ADHD meds

An increasing number of young adults are taking medications to treat attention disorders. That's according to a new report from Express Scripts, a company that processes prescriptions for 90-million Americans.

It shows that while prescriptions for ADHD medications rose for all age groups from 2008 to 2012, they nearly doubled among young adults.

Children are still the most highly medicated for attention problems, which has raised concerns in the medical community. That's because many a-d-h-d medications are stimulants and can cause sleep problems and a decreased appetite.

Abuse of ADHD medications continues to be a problem among teens and young adults and has caused a spike in emergency room visits and significant health costs.

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