Adderall is one of the main drugs proscribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and is distributed by Shire Pharmaceuticals. This drug contains both amphetamine and dextroamphetamine and has been linked to heart attacks and strokes, both fatal and non-fatal. The drug is also linked to cardiac episodes and hallucinations in children ages 7 to 14. Several lawsuits are currently outstanding against Shire Pharmaceuticals, yet no verdicts have been reported.
In 2006, members of the FDA advisory committee commented that ADHD drugs are being proscribed to too many children, especially considering the fact that the diagnosis is so controversial. This diagnosis is not recognized in many other countries, and some feel it is just an excuse for the parents. Regardless, many deaths have been linked to Adderall and, as a result, many parents are now taking action.