Study: ADHD medicines help curb criminal behavior

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The Swedish Research Council, the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Wellcome Trust and other agencies paid for the research.

ADHD medicines may help people organize their lives better and reduce impulsive behavior. They also bring a patient into counseling and health care, said Philip Asherson, a professor at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London.

“It’s not necessarily just the medication” that is reducing the likelihood of crime, he said.

Still, Asherson said the study should lead to wider use of the drugs: “It firmly establishes the link between ADHD and criminality and establishes that medication has an impact on that criminality.”

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AP Medical Writer Maria Cheng in London contributed to this report.

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Online:

Study: http://www.nejm.org

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