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Can we treat cocaine dependence in adults with ADHD with amphetamines?

Abstract chosen: Levin FR, Mariani JJ, Specker S, Mooney M, Mahony A, Brooks DJ, Babb D, Bai Y, Eberly LE, Nunes EV, Grabowski J. Extended-Release Mixed Amphetamine Salts vs Placebo for Comorbid Adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Cocaine Use Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry. 2015 Jun;72(6):593-602. Short comment: One of the most complicate clinical…

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ADHD and Substance Use – The Patients’ Perspective

Reviewed by Hannah Mullens (1,2) and Susan Young (3,2) 1 Department of Psychology, University of Bath, UK 2 Broadmoor Hospital, West London Mental Health Trust, London, UK 3 Centre for Mental Health, Division of Brain Sciences, Department of Medicine, Imperial College, London An abundance of research investigating the co-occurrence of ADHD and substance use disorder…

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Comments on abstract: Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), substance use disorders, and criminality: a difficult problem with complex solutions.

By Dora Wynchank I think this is an important paper because it highlights, once again, the dangers of not recognising and treating adult ADHD. As we know from our colleagues in Sweden, up to 40% of imprisoned men have ADHD (1). Adult ADHD has major public health significance, beyond associated criminality, due to its high…

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