ADHD an ‘inherent risk factor’ for cocaine and other stimulant abuse, says psychiatrist

Patients will self-medicate with the drug despite it costing $350 a gram, Dr Ashlea White says.
Sarah Simpkins
Dr Ashlea White.

Patients with undiagnosed ADHD are turning to cocaine and other illicit substances to self-manage their symptoms, a psychiatrist has warned.

Dr Ashlea White, who is based in Brisbane, also said patients with cocaine use disorder could be screened for ADHD, if possible, regardless of whether they were seeking an assessment or diagnosis.