Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and substance abuse

Elizabeth Harstad, Sharon Levy, Seth D. Ammerman, Pamela K. Gonzalez, Sheryl A. Ryan, Lorena M. Siqueira, Vincent C. Smith, Vivian B. Faden, Gregory Tau, Renee Jarrett, James Baumberger, Katie Crumley

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and substance use disorders are inextricably intertwined. Children with ADHD are more likely than peers to develop substance use disorders. Treatment with stimulants may reduce the risk of substance use disorders, but stimulants are a class of medication with significant abuse and diversion potential. The objectives of this clinical report were to present practical strategies for reducing the risk of substance use disorders in patients with ADHD and suggestions for safe stimulant prescribing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e293-e301
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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