ADHD Prescriptions On the Rise: Helpful or Hurtful?
Many believe that prescribing children with ADHD is a very dangerous slippery slope, while others feel treatment is necessary. The long-debated ADHD controversy continues; found in a new study conducted by the Food and Drug Administration, ADHD prescriptions increased by 46% between 2002 and 2010 among children up to 17-years-old.
According to ABC News, “Ritalin and other ADHD drugs like Adderall account for most of the ADHD drug prescriptions between 2002 and 2010, but the researchers noted use of these medications is stabilizing and being replaced by newer drugs, such as Vyvanse and Focalin. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of children diagnosed with ADHD increased from 4.4 million to 5 million between 2002 and 2010.”
Drugs intended to treat attention-deficit can become highly addictive and lead to depression and/or psychosis, not to mention they’re often traded and sold by high school students to their peers. Many students who don’t even have attention problems use the drug to achieve an energetic high or to help stay up to cram for tests. ABC also reported “a six-fold increase in emergency room visits associated to Ritalin abuse over the past decade, according to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, which tracks drug abuse data for federal health authorities. There were 271 Ritalin-related emergency room visits in 1990 and 1,478 visits in 2001.”
Commenters on the ABC article were divided, though most were in favor of stricter laws against ADHD diagnosis in children — and that parents run to ADHD medication way too quickly at the first sign of what could just be a child being a child.
Keep’em doped up and they are more docile and easy to control, and that is all the education system is for today, is to make docile compliant, citizens, because they sure are not educating them, educated citizens cause problems.
The Feed Drugs to America people have decided that we are feeding to many drugs to America, but if you stop selling all those pills won’t you be killing jobs? Big pharma is a job creator. All those rehab facilities, well they are job creators too. Lets not forget all the ER services that go into rescuing these addicts, more jobs lost if we stop selling ADHD drugs. Besides it isn’t marijuana, how bad could those ADHD drugs really be?
Parents, which side are you on?