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Medication for Attention Deficit–Hyperactivity Disorder and Criminality (2012)

Medication for Attention Deficit–Hyperactivity Disorder and Criminality (2012)

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    New England Journal of Medicine; 367:2006-2014, November 22, 2012. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1203241

    Paul Lichtenstein, Linda Halldner, Johan Zetterqvist, Arvid Sjölander, Eva Serlachius, Seena Fazel, Niklas Långström, and Henrik Larsson.

    ABSTRACT
    Attention deficit–hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common disorder that has been associated with criminal behavior in some studies. Pharmacologic treatment is available for ADHD and may reduce the risk of criminality.
    Among patients with ADHD, rates of criminality were lower during periods when they were receiving ADHD medication. These findings raise the possibility that the use of medication reduces the risk of criminality among patients with ADHD. (Funded by the Swedish Research Council and others.)