Kids with ADHD more likely to abuse drugs



Stimulants for ADHD minimize risk for drug abuse

The analysis of existing medical literature published in the July print issue of the journal Pediatrics revealed that children suffering from attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more than twice as likely to try and abuse drugs.
However, “one of the main points [of the finding] is that treating ADHD both with behavioral techniques and medications seems to lower the risk of substance abuse,” said co-author Dr. Sharon Levy, director of the adolescent substance abuse program at Boston Children’s Hospital. Although stimulants used to treat ADHD can be addictive, there is no evidence that using them increases the risk of substance abuse.

According to Dr. Harold Levinson, this study is vital in that it notes ADHD must be treated to minimize the risk of addiction as well as multiple other forms of failure. It also dispels the exaggerated risks voiced by many that stimulants are dangerous and should be avoided when treating ADHD.

About Harold Levinson, M.D.:
Formerly Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center, Dr. Harold Levinson is currently Director of the Levinson Medical Center for Learning Disabilities in Long Island, New York. He is a well-known neuropsychiatrist, clinical researcher and author. For more information, call 1(800)334-7323 or visit:

By Harold Levinson, M.D.

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