Michelle D. Ertischek

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Multidrug use is well documented among nonmedical users of prescription stimulants. We sought to provide insight into the drug use patterns of those reporting nonmedical use of prescription attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) stimulants in an attempt to discern whether such use is a first step in a pattern of drug-abusing behavior or,(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine time trends in amount of media coverage on tobacco cessation versus weight loss and test whether the 2 topics compete for limited media attention. METHODS Monthly print and broadcast media coverage from 1995 to 2003 was estimated. RESULTS Tobacco and weight coverage were uncorrelated. Tobacco coverage peaked in 1997-98, whereas(More)
This article examines rates of nonmedical use and diversion of extended-release amphetamine and extended-release oral methylphenidate in the United States. Prescription dispensing data were sourced from retail pharmacies. Nonmedical use data were collected from the Researched Abuse, Diversion and Addiction-Related Surveillance (RADARS) System Drug Diversion(More)
BACKGROUND Over-the-counter (OTC) topical corticosteroids, such as hydrocortisone cream (HC), are commonly used for the treatment of minor dermatological conditions. The safety and efficacy of such products are well documented, but details on patterns of use and self-treatment with HC in the OTC environment remain scarce. OBJECTIVE We sought to determine(More)
The prescription drugs regulated in the most restrictive controlled substance schedule for those with an approved therapeutic use vary widely in their real world risk of abuse and harm. Opioid analgesics have the highest rates of abuse, overdose death, drug abuse treatment needs and societal costs in comparison to other Schedule II drugs. Stimulants for(More)
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