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Early diagnosis of ADHD can nip drug dependency in the bud: study

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Early diagnosis of ADHD can nip drug dependency in the bud: study

The disorder is highly prevalent among patients seeking treatment for substance abuse, researchers say

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Pharmacologists and experts on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) say there is great need for early detection and treatment of this neurodevelopmental disorder before it escalates to problematic levels. This follows new findings that ADHD is a risk factor to drug addiction, particularly cannabis abuse.

According to a study by the Nelson Mandela University-based drug utilisation research unit in Gqeberha, which compared alcohol and cannabis use among patients who sought treatment for drug dependency at various rehab centres between 2018 and 2019, cannabis, otherwise known as dagga, was the most abused drug. 

Of the 185 study participants screened for ADHD, 29% had ADHD. Most participants were in the 18–29 age group. The comparison group was also assessed for alcohol-use disorder. ..

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