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Stimulants may prevent accidents by ADHD drivers

Published on Jan 30, 2014 5:51 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Adult men with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may avoid traffic accidents if they take their prescribed medication, said a Swedish study on Wednesday.

The study found that men with ADHD were 45 per cent more likely to get into road crashes due to inattentiveness and impulsiveness than men without the disorder.

But they managed to cut their risk of road accidents by almost half when taking stimulant drugs prescribed by their doctors, said the findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Psychiatry.

Some 41 per cent of accidents involving men with ADHD could have been avoided if they had received medication for the entire four-year follow-up period, it said.

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