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How are stimulants linked to ADHD?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Medicine
Although it used to be thought that children who grew up taking stimulants for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) had a higher risk of using cocaine and stimulants, the latest findings indicate this is not true. In fact, teenagers with ADHD who take stimulants are less likely to use stimulants and cocaine than teens who were not prescribed stimulants growing up.

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