ADHD Treatment May Lower Smoking Rates in Youth
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Researchers have found that conventional stimulant medicines for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may have a second benefit: lowering smoking rates in youth.
Duke Medicine researchers say the association is especially apparent when the medicine is taken consistently.1
“Given that individuals with ADHD are more likely to smoke, our study supports the use of stimulant treatment to reduce the likelihood of smoking in youth with ADHD, ” said senior author Scott Kollins, PhD. “The risk is further lowered when adherence to medication treatment is consistent, presumably since this increases the chances that symptoms are managed effectively.”1
ADHD is a common childhood disorder that often continues into adolescence and beyond.1 It is characterized by hyperactivity, difficulty paying attention, and impulsivity.1 Commonly, this disorder is treated with stimulant medicine, as well as behavior therapy.1