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ADHD Linked to Early Substance Abuse

Researchers have long debated whether the childhood condition attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) increases the odds of getting involved in substance use or developing substance use disorder. Part of this debate is centered on the impact of using stimulant medications to ease the symptoms of ADHD. In a study published in July 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, researchers from the University of Florida looked at the substance-using behaviors of adults with a history of ADHD. These researchers concluded that, among other things, people with such a history commonly initiate substance use at an earlier age than people who lack an ADHD history.

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