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  1. ZenobiaSky
    DRUGS are being “handed out like sweeties” to youngsters which could leave Britain with a “generation of drugged *children”, experts warn.

    A million prescriptions for behaviour-altering Ritalin are written every year for children as young as three for conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

    An estimated 400,000 children now take the drug but experts fear parents of over-excitable children are often looking for a “‘quick fix” rather than addressing the underlying causes. Claiming a child has a “disorder” can also reduce the stigma when simple bad behaviour is to blame, they say.

    Prescriptions for Ritalin, an amphetamine-like stimulant which has the same effect as “speed” and cocaine, have soared from 92,079 to 929,839 since 1997. Of these an estimated 90 per cent of items have been dispensed to children.

    This massive growth comes despite potentially worrying side effects, including suicidal thoughts, aggression psychosis, stress and anxiety, cardiovascular complaints, low appetite, stomach problems, dizziness, tics, skin problems and bruising.

    Tory MP Matthew Offord uncovered the figures which show the drug costs the taxpayer almost £50million a year.

    We now have a generation of children who are dependent on this drug yet we don’t know what the long-term effects will be,” Dr Offord told the Sunday Express.

    “It seems to me the behaviour of children has not changed or deteriorated so much in the last 15 years that it warrants a 1,000 per cent rise in prescriptions.

    “I can only conclude it is being over-prescribed by doctors who are not looking at alternative treatment options, which may be more long-term but may actually present a better option.”

    The British Psychological Society began investigating the use of the drug amid fears that funding cuts for recommended ADHD treatments, such as counselling, have led to over–reliance on medication.

    Its report is due to be published in July. Conservative MP Andrew Percy, a former teacher who sits on the influential Health Committee, said: “It seems to be more and more normal to prescribe these kinds of drugs for our children rather than looking to address the underlying causes of the problem.

    “We need some oversight into why these prescriptions have increased by almost 1,000 per cent and why these powerful drugs appear to be being handed out like sweeties.

    “When I was a teacher I used to see a small number of parents who were desperate for a diagnosis for their children and a quick fix rather than looking at more difficult long-term *solutions.”

    Last week Professor Sir Simon Wessely, new head of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said there was a growing trend of medicating normal traits in children at the insistence of overbearing parents.

    He added: “Certain behaviours carry stigma and there’s less stigma if it’s associated with a disorder.”


    By: Caroline Wheeler
    Published: Sun, June 29, 2014
    Express.CO.UK
    http://www.express.co.uk/news/healt...ss-health-news+(Daily+Express+::+Health+Feed)

    The Newhawks Crew

Comments

  1. 5-HT2A
    Re: Zombie generation: Fears rise for children as prescriptions for ADHA drug soar

    Good article. It's nice (in a matter of speaking) to see that authorities elsewhere are becoming alarmed by these trends. Funny how the U.S. and U.K. are so out of control on this type of thing. In France, less than .5% of children are medicated with ADHD drugs, vs 9%+ in the U.S. Source

    The French actually seem to view children as human beings who exist in a particular CONTEXT, as opposed to a vacuum. I think the U.S. obsession with denying the importance of circumstances probably has more to do with their economic darwinism than anything. By that I mean the belief that people are either naturally inferior or superior, and that if someone is homeless or poor it's because they choose to be.

    So in the case of mental health the implication is that people are sick by no fault of their own instead of being morally inferior (which presumably deserves no sympathy), and so the exclusion of circumstance from consideration in this case yields another situation where we are attempting to identify some flaw endemic to a particular person and focusing on that instead of recognizing that the situation is unbalanced or unjust. For profit pharmaceutical companies prey upon and work to nurture and exaggerate this bias.

    In reality, a huge percentage of these kids would do better if their environment is improved, and most likely their diet as well, another factor that is probably at play here given differences in the French vs American diet.
  2. ZenobiaSky
    Re: Zombie generation: Fears rise for children as prescriptions for ADHA drug soar

    Thank you 5-h2a, this definitely explains the peace, serenity and sense of well being I felt while visiting France last summer. I definitely noticed a more laidback approach to life. I think we could all learn a lot from the French
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