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Young adults with ADHD are at higher risk for developing nicotine addiction

People with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to self-administer nicotine and report more pleasurable responses than people without the condition, according to a study by Duke Health researchers. In a paper published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, Duke researchers tested a nicotine nasal spray to determine the effects of the addictive chemical on non-smoking young adults. They recruited 136 people aged 18-25 years. About half (61) of the participants had a clinical diagnosis of ADHD, and the others (75) were free from any psychiatric condition. During the first three sessions, the researchers exposed the participants to 2 different doses of nicotine and a placebo spray with no nicotine. In subsequent sessions, they asked participants to choose nicotine or placebo, first while in a relaxed environment in the lab and then while having to solve math problems. The participants did not know which spray contained nicotine. Read more.....

 

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