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VCU-Swedish Study Shows Low Academic Achievement and Drug Correlation

Dr. Kenneth Kendler
Dr. Kenneth Kendler

With the opioid epidemic causing widespread concern, a study recently released by a VCU researcher shows poor academic achievement can lead to substance abuse.

It sounds reasonable.

“We’ve known for a long time that people who do poorly in school have a higher risk of subsequently developing drug use and drug problems.”

But Dr. Kenneth Kendler says the question has been what causes what, and has just published with Swedish researchers, a massive study.

“We’ve had nearly a million participants.”

They tracked for 15-20 years, and says data shows a strong correlation with drugs and low achievers and he says intervention can make a difference.

“It’s important to know, because there are methods now known to intervene and help students become more motivated, become more involved and perform better academically in school.”

The results are published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry.