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ADHD drugs are associated with lower car crash risk

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2297 (Published 11 May 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2297
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) had a lower risk of motor vehicle crashes when they had received their medication, research published in JAMA Psychiatry shows.1

The researchers identified 2 319 450 US patients with ADHD by looking at commercial health insurance claims over a decade and noted any visits to emergency departments as a result of a motor vehicle crash. The patients’ mean age was 32.5 years, and 51.7% were female.

Among the patients with ADHD, 83.9% (more than 1.9 million) received at least one prescription for ADHD medicine during the follow-up …

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