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Antiquated News: ADHD As Gateway Disorder?

One of the top worries for parents of kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the long-term consequences of this condition. “Families want to know, ‘So what does this mean?’” says Alice Charach, head of the neuropsychiatry team at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.Two recent, large reviews of previous studies reveal one disquieting answer: Getting an ADHD diagnosis in childhood is associated with nicotine and alcohol dependence in adulthood.The two studies’ results on marijuana and other drugs, however, were more mixed. One review—a meta-analysis published in the April issue of Clinical…


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