ADHD Treatment Linked to Lower Risk of Substance Use Disorder

ADHD Treatment Linked to Lower Risk of Substance Use Disorder

Children and teens who are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and take medication for the condition are less likely to have a substance use disorder than youth with ADHD who don’t take medication, a new study finds.

Researchers at Princeton University found children and teens with ADHD who received medication were 7.3 percent less likely to have a substance use disorder.

They also were 3.6 percent less likely to contract a sexually transmitted disease and 2.3 percent less likely to be injured, HealthDay reports.

The findings are published in Labour Economics.

Study co-author Anna Chorniy said young people with ADHD tend to have problems with self control, which can lead to injury and engaging in risky behaviors.

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