Cigarette smoking is increasing among Americans with drug problems

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Odds of smoking among Americans with a substance use disorder are more than five times greater than the overall population --- science daily While cigarette smoking has declined in the U.S. for the past several decades, since 2002 the prevalence of smoking has increased significantly among people with an illicit substance use disorder, according to a new study by researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the City University of New York. Until now, little was known about whether the decline in smoking was also occurring among individuals with illicit substance use disorders. The findings are published online in the journal Addiction . The data show that smoking rates increased among those with substance use disorders, including hallucinogens, inhalants, tranquilizers, cocaine, heroin, pain relievers, simulants, and sedatives, while cigarette smoking decreased among individuals with cannabis use disorders, as well as among those without any substance use disorders....
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Teens With Bipolar Disorder at Increased Risk of Substance Use Disorder

Teens With Bipolar Disorder at Increased Risk of Substance Use Disorder
Teens with bipolar disorder are at increased risk of substance use disorder as they get older, a study by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital has found. Of the 105 young people with bipolar disorder in the study, 34 percent also had a substance use disorder. Of the 98 teens without bipolar disorder, only 4 percent had a substance use disorder, HealthDay reports. After five years, researchers followed up with 68 of the bipolar patients and 81 of those without the disorder. Almost half of those with bipolar disorder also had a substance use disorder, compared with 26 percent of those without bipolar disorder. The findings are published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry .
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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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