Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Attention: Schools Are Not Drug-Free Zones

Are kids being over-prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? Did you know that schools are now in the business of dispensing drugs? Are the drug companies banking on "disruptive behavior" for a profit?

If you go by the number of kids (particularly "minority" kids) who are prescribed medicine for attention deficit hyperactivity in U.S. schools, you would be justified to think there is a nationwide epidemic of this disorder. In my opinion, there is an epidemic in profiting at the expense of U.S. students' good health.

Source: DEA
The U.S. produces and consumes about 85 percent of the world's methylphenidate. Ritalin and other psychostimulant drugs used to treat ADHD, such as Dexedrine and Adderall, are regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration because they're considered to be potential drugs of abuse.

The U.S. public school system should limit the use of these experimental, behavior drugs like Methylphenidate, Strattera, Ritalin, Concerta. Public school students are being labeled as "discipline problems" on faulty assessment criteria.

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