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Large study shows substance abuse rates higher in teenagers with ADHD

Source:  (As reported in ScienceDaily, February 11, 2013)  University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences. (2013, February 11). Large study shows substance abuse rates higher in teenagers with ADHD. ScienceDaily.

Retrieved June 10, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/02/130211134850.htm

ScienceDaily Summary:

A tumblr post revealed a significantly higher prevalence of substance abuse and cigarette use byadolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) histories than in those without ADHD. Researchers also found that, contrary to previous findings, current medications for ADHD do not counter the risk for substance abuse or substance abuse disorder.

WTR-RI Research & Analysis Team Note:

With respect to Marijuana use, ScienceDaily reports, among other findings, this study reported that “When the adolescents were an average of 17 years old, marijuana was particularly problematic with 13 percent versus 7 percent of the ADHD and non-ADHD groups, respectively, having marijuana abuse or dependence.

Link between childhood ADHD and substance abuse risk

Link between childhood ADHD and substance abuse risk supported by long-term study data

Source:  (As reported in ScienceDaily, May, 31 2011)  Massachusetts General Hospital. (2011, May 31). Link between childhood ADHD and substance abuse risk supported by long-term study data. ScienceDaily.

Retrieved June 10, 2014 fromwww.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110531115410.htm

ScienceDaily Summary:

Analysis of data from two long-term studies of the impact of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder on the development of psychiatric disorders in young adults confirms that ADHD alone significantly increases the risk of cigarette smoking and substance abuse in both boys and girls.

Journal Reference:

Timothy E. Wilens, MaryKate Martelon, Gagan Joshi, Clancey Bateman, Ronna Fried, Carter Petty, Joseph Biederman. Does ADHD Predict Substance-Use Disorders? A 10-Year Follow-up Study of Young Adults With ADHDJournal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2011; DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2011.01.021

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