March 20, 2007

SPARE THE DRUGS, SPOIL THE ADULTS' DAY:

The children drugged for being naughty: Countless children labelled hyperactive are being subdued with drugs like Ritalin. But many experts think they're just naturally boisterous - and those needless pills are causing terrifying side-effects. (Daily Mail, 3/20/07)

Figures published last week show that NHS spending on these drugs has tripled in the past five years, to £12.8 million. Much of the rise in prescribing is driven by parents desperate for anything that may help.

It also encouraged by some experts who believe that ADHD could affect as many as 5 per cent of school children; one or two in every class, each a potential candidate for treatment with drugs.

But although some children undoubtedly do benefit, and many parents find them a godsend, there is growing concern that ADHD is being overdiagnosed � that it is being used indiscriminantly to label children who have other problems, or who may simply be badly behaved. Some experts are worried that calming these children down with drugs does nothing to deal with the underlying causes.

Even more worrying are the claims that parents are not being given an accurate picture about the risk of side effects � most notably the raised risk of psychotic episodes. Last year the American Food and Drugs Administration advised that ADHD drugs should have stronger warnings about this type of psychiatric side effect.

Children aged ten and younger who took ADHD drugs described seeing, for example, polka dot alligators or hallucinated that all their Christmas presents were being stolen by men who broke into their house.


Keeps the little bastards quiet though....

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 20, 2007 8:10 AM
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Chemical warfare.

Posted by: ghostcat at March 20, 2007 3:45 PM
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