Drugs used to treat ADHD do not increase the risk of future drug or alcohol abuse in young adults, according to a National Institutes of Health study published in the March issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry. "Parents should be reassured that the use of psychostimulant medication for the treatment of ADHD in children and adolescents does not increase the risk for substance abuse in later life and remains the most effective treatment for this condition," said Dr. Jon A. Shaw, the University of Miami's director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Science.

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