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Ask a Psychiatrist: Abuse risks not related to ADHD medication

10:08 PM, Sep. 30, 2013
Dr. Geralyn Carducci
Dr. Geralyn Carducci
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Q: Recently I heard a woman on the radio say medications for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are addictive and cause drug abuse. My son has done well on Ritalin since sixth grade. Ever since taking it, he can finish his homework on time and gets A's and B's instead of C's, D's and an F. Should I be worried about him having drug abuse problems?

A: I believe I heard that woman say those things, too. As a physician who is board-certified in psychiatry, I can assure you I too was very concerned about her comments and made my opinion known. I expressed my concern that such comments could be seen as ...

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