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A Treatment Research Program from Teens with ADHD & Marijuana and Tobacco Use

For information, contact the Adolescent Research Center at (303) 935-5892


      • Are 13 - 19 years old

      • Are experiencing symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), for example: trouble paying attention, easily distracted, feeling restless

      • Smoke marijuana and tobacco regularly

      • Are willing to take medication or placebo (inactive substance/sugar pill) for ADHD

If you meet the criteria above, you may be eligible to participate in a confidential research study being conducted at the University of Colorado Denver.  The purpose of this study is to find out if a medication called bupropion SR can help teenagers with ADHD and marijuana and tobacco problems.

Final eligibility will be determined during two screening visits conducted by trained professional and supervised by a psychiatrist.

If you are found eligible, you would then qualify for the 16-week study, which involves:

    • being assigned at random to receive bupropion or placebo; you will be taking the medication or placebo every day for sixteen weeks
    • meeting weekly with the research nurse
    • participating in weekly 1-hour Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy sessions
    • answering questions about your drug use and ADHD
    • giving a urine sample to test for drugs of abuse
                                     You will be compensated for your time and travel.

               For information, contact the Adolescent Research Center at (303) 935-5892



      This study is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA R01 DA022284)

                                                      Approved by COMIRB, #08-0178

The study Principal Investigator is Paula Riggs, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, UC Denver, (303) 935-5892