Children with ADHD more vulnerable to substance abuse, warns new study

New research says that children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are found to engage in substance use at a younger age than those without ADHD. They also had a much higher use of marijuana and cigarettes in adulthood.

Study appears in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

The study done by a team at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in the United States found that children diagnosed with ADHD had a faster progression of substance use during childhood and adolescence.

This study examined substance use by children with and without ADHD over a long period of time given that experimenting with cigarettes and alcohol usually happens after teenagers reach high school.

More research is needed to know how many young drinkers with ADHD continue to have serious, chronic problems with drinking as they get older.

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