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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.

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