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Report urges improved services for people with ADHD

Mar 18, 2009

(Vancouver Sun). Children and adults with untreated attention-deficit disorders are costing the province more than $500 million a year in health, education and justice costs, according to a report from the B.C. Medical Association. The report urges the province to take steps to improve health care services for people with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. The doctors who wrote the report say more than half of the estimated 31,000 youths in this province who have ADHD have either not been diagnosed properly, or do not receive regular medical treatment for the condition. As a result, they are more likely to commit crimes, abuse drugs or alcohol, get pregnant and cause car crashes, the report says.


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