Adolescents with ADHD Are More Likely to Abuse Drugs

June 30, 2014 6:05 PM

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Adolescents with ADHD Are More Likely to Abuse Drugs

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects about 4.1% of adults and 9% of children between the ages of 13 to 18 years in the United States. The rates continue to increase, and researchers believe young patients are more likely to abuse drugs.

ADHD and ADD are typically treated with stimulant medications such as Adderall, Dexedrine, Vyvanse, Concerta, Metadate CD, Ritalin, and others. It's previously been suggested that these medications are abused and misused, but new research finds that merely possessing the disorder without being medic...

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