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Monday, April 25, 2011

ADHD Substance Abuse Link


Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) is a common diagnosis these days amongst adolescents and teenagers which generally requires that the diagnosed be put on a prescription amphetamine like Adderall or Ritalin. Prescribing people whose brains have not finished developing addictive drugs like amphetamines is extremely dangerous, the chance of dependency forming is extremely high which will often lead to experimentation of other drugs. In fact, people diagnosed with ADHD are more likely to abuse substances including nicotine, marijuana, and cocaine, as well as more likely to develop substance use disorders, a review of 27 long-term studies determined. One of the major concerns that accompanies ADHD is that a number of people diagnosed do not have the disorder, patients will falsify symptoms in order to be prescribed an amphetamine as well as receive more time on their exams in school. ADHD has given students the ability to cheat if they so desire, even students attending notorious colleges like Harvard or Yale where amphetamine use is rampant.

Children with ADHD are up to three times more likely than children without the disorder to use, abuse, or become dependent to addictive substances according to the study. USA Today reports that the researchers found that teenagers with ADHD were 1.5 times more likely to try marijuana than those without the disorder, as well as nicotine and illegal substances at an earlier age, the researchers reported in Clinical Psychology Review. Parents whose children have been diagnosed with ADHD should be concerned and keep an extra special eye on their child. If a substance abuse problem develops it is up to parents to recognize that something is not right with their child.

The study is an analysis of 27 long-term studies that included a total of 4,100 youth with ADHD and 6,800 without the disorder. Researchers followed the test subjects from childhood into young adulthood.

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