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Are stimulant drugs habit-forming and do they lead to drug abuse?

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Stimulants aren't habit-forming in the doses used to treat ADHD in children and teens -- and there is no evidence linking them to eventual drug abuse. In fact, studies have shown that people with ADHD who are treated with medication have lower rates of substance abuse than people with ADHD who are not treated.

Still, there is a potential for abuse and addiction with any stimulant medication -- especially if the person taking them has a history of substance abuse and addiction.

From: Stimulant Medications for ADHD WebMD Medical Reference

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National Institutes of Health. 

News release, Pfizer.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

SOURCES: 

National Institutes of Health. 

News release, Pfizer.

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on March 25, 2019

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