Childhood ADHD raises risk for substance abuse later

05/31/2011 | United Press International

Researchers examined data from two previous studies and found that 32% of boys and girls diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder during childhood developed a form of substance abuse, such as tobacco use, compared with 25% of a control group. "Anyone with ADHD needs to be counseled about the risk for substance abuse, particularly if they have any delinquency," said Dr. Timothy Wilens, who participated in the study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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