Over the years, there have been many studies which show that if one studies the incarcerated population, the rates of ADHD are upwards of 50%. This is a huge public health concern.
Despite having read this statistic a number of times from different studies, I haven’t heard of any actual treatment studies. I wondered why no one had proactively gone into the jails and started assessing and treating people for ADHD to improve their quality of life, functioning and improve their chances of meeting their goals after they are released from custody.
I’ve just read about a study in Sweden which is doing just that. You can read about it here. Although the article is looking at potential financial savings if they are able to get people out of jail and have their ADHD treated – I think this is a great step toward helping people who have ADD/ADHD and have had trouble with the law.
The only question I’m left with is: why aren’t more communities setting up screening and treatment for ADHD for those in the correctional system? Hopefully this will happen more in the near future.
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