What is the risk of criminal activity for patients receiving medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?

Updated: Oct 01, 2019
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Numerous studies have shown a link between patients with ADHD and criminal activity. Lichtenstein and colleagues found that patients receiving ADHD medication had a significant decline in criminal activity. They found a significant reduction of 32% in the criminality rate for men (adjusted hazard ratio, 0.68; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.63-0.73) and 41% for women (hazard ratio, 0.59; 95% CI, 0.50-0.70) during medicated periods compared with nonmedication periods. [58]


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