AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The issue was discussed in a series of letters in today’s New England Journal of Medicine, including some from doctors worried about the dangers of not treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. “The numbers (of side effects) are puny compared to the numbers of stimulant prescriptions per year,” said Dr. Tolga Taneli, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. An estimated 5 million Americans are taking ADHD medicines. Accidental overdoses and side effects from attention deficit drugs likely send thousands of children and adults to emergency rooms, according to the first national estimates of the problem. Scientists at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated problems with the stimulant drugs drive nearly 3,100 people to ERs each year. Nearly two-thirds – overdoses and accidental use – could be prevented by parents locking the pills away, the researchers say. Other patients had side effects, including potential cardiac problems such as chest pain, stroke, high blood pressure and fast heart rate. Concerns over those effects have led some doctors to urge the Food and Drug Administration to require a “black box,” its most serious warning, on package inserts for drugs such as Ritalin, Concerta and Adderall. Yet even doctors advising the FDA don’t agree on whether that’s warranted. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!