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ADHD Teens with Behavioral Problems are More Likely to Use Alcohol and Tobacco

A new study shows that young teens, ages 12-15, diagnosed with both ADHD and conduct disorder (aggressive, destructive or deceitful behavior), are three-to-five times more likely to use alcohol and tobacco.

“Early onset of substance abuse is a significant public health concern,” says William Brinkman, MD, a pediatrician at Cincinnati Children’s and the study’s lead author. “Adolescents who use substances before the mid-teen years are more likely to develop dependence on them than those who start later. This is why prevention is so important.”

TV station WCPO has more. This story has also been covered by NPR affiliate WXVU.

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