Early ADHD Treatment Linked to Lower Risk for Substance Abuse Disorders

Early ADHD Treatment Linked to Lower Risk for Substance Abuse Disorders,
Groenman AP et al, British Journal of Psychiatry, (SUNY Downstate Center) 2013 Jul 11.

A prospective study over 4 years was conducted with 327 young adolescents until a mean age of 16. The experimental group with ADHD was using stimulant medication for their ADHD. The other group with ADHD was not using stimulant medications. Those treated with stimulant medication, both adolescent boys and girls, had a lowered risk of substance abuse disorder (SUD) after four years..

SUD’s mean age of onset is 20. But by age 16, SUD is already associated with a higher risk of incarceration. This study follows the trend of many other articles, suggesting that early medication for young teens may lower their risk of substance abuse disorder.