ADHD Meds Do Not Lead to Future Drug Abuse
In a 2003 article in Medscape by Sid Kirscheimer, an often
debated but clearly concluded issue was revisited. A study
published in the January issue of Pediatrics is now the 11th
one to find no evidence that children treated with ADHD
medications are more likely to smoke, drink, or taking illicit
drugs as teenagers or adults.
Even though this issue has long been put to rest by clinical
research it continues to resurface, partially as a result of
a campaign by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights,
an affiliate of the Church of Scientology. The recent
congressional subcommittee investigated these allegations and
found them to be without merit based on the substantial
research that's been done on this topic.
The most recent study tract 147 clinic referred hyperactive
children for more than 13 years. They measure their tendency
to use tobacco, alcohol and drugs such as marijuana and
cocaine in adolescence and early adulthood and compare their
findings with another group not diagnosed with ADHD. This
study found that there was no relationship at all between
the use of stimulant medication, the length of use of
stimulant medication, and substance abuse.
Another report published in the same issue of Pediatrics
suggests that stimulant therapy in childhood may actually
lead to a lower risk of later drug and alcohol use.