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Is Ritalin/Adderall Abuse Hereditary?
Researchers have determined that there is an inherited risk for abuse of and addiction to stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall, as well as other drugs. People who have a family history of substance abuse are more likely to develop a dependence on substances themselves. The reason for the increased risk is not clear, but studies have concluded that the tendency is at least partly genetic.
It may be that certain genes change an individual’s ability to create or respond to neurotransmitters. The increased risk may come from a complex interaction between a number of genes and external factors. Research into the exact mechanism of the risk is ongoing.
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