Article on ADHD medication shortage fuels online conversation about unproven alternative treatments

Last week, a BBC article about the ADHD medication shortage began circulating on multiple social media platforms. In response to the article, some social media users shared unproven alternatives to ADHD medication for those who are struggling to access their prescriptions, such as psilocybin and CBD gummies, while others falsely claimed that the ADHD medication shortage was intentionally “manufactured.”

Recommendation: While directly engaging with some of these specific claims is likely not warranted, online conversations about the ADHD medication shortage provide an opportunity to promote resources for adults and children with ADHD. Ensuring that FAQ sheets and one-pagers are updated to include resources such as sliding scale therapy, parent training in behavior management, and Individualized Education Program (IEP) support is recommended.