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Drugs for Student Behavior and Control

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We have the 'war on drugs' ... yet we use, way over use, approved drugs. We need to think who is approving them and why. Who is making the money? Drugs should be the very last resort, not the first go to.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/09/health/attention-disorder-or-not-children-prescribed-pills-to-help-in-school.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&smid=tw-share

“We as a society have been unwilling to invest in very effective nonpharmaceutical interventions for these children and their families,” said Dr. Ramesh Raghavan, a child mental-health services researcher at Washington University in St. Louis and an expert in prescription drug use among low-income children. “We are effectively forcing local community psychiatrists to use the only tool at their disposal, which is psychotropic medications.”

The following statement astounds me.

“My kids don’t want to take it, but I told them, ‘These are your grades when you’re taking it, this is when you don’t,’ and they understood,” Ms. Williams said, noting that Medicaid covers almost every penny of her doctor and prescription costs.

The side effects are outrageous.

"they are particularly addictive. Long-term effects of extended use are not well understood, said many medical experts."

Rather that pay for education and mental help, we as a nation are willing to pay for dangerous drugs? We will spend billions eradicating pot farmers, but won't invest in our schools, except for 'control' drugs?

“These children are still in the developmental phase, and we still don’t know how these drugs biologically affect the developing brain,” he said.

Have thought about this a lot, and when I do, I get very upset. This is the wrong approach for our kids, and for their future. The example it sets, atrocious.

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