According to www.infowars.com, in the year of 2011 researchers from Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute said that 4% of the general youth population were on medications during the past decade. In the same time frame, 13-52% of children in foster care were on medications.
According to naturalnews.com, 84% of children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder(ADHD) are being treated with drugs at some point in their childhood.
The question we should have as adopted parents is "Do our children need to be on these medication?" There are three reasons to consider this.
First, when children are first placed into our homes, are their medications being re-evaluated? In my experience, as an adopted parent, children's medical needs change over time and need to be re-evaluated over the course of their childhood.
Secondly, there are adverse side affects to many of these medications, including digestive upset, decreased appetite, irritability, trouble sleeping, and weight loss. As parents we need to decide if the side effects are really worth it. As an adoptive parent, I have taken my children off of medications and found alternative solutions(ie. organic supplementations). This may not work for all children depending on their needs.
Lastly, ask why was your child placed on medications? Is it a teacher recommendation? Is it a mental health need they have? Is it a doctor's concern? When children are adopted, in my experience, sometimes attachment disorder masks some of the symptoms of mental health disorders. Our oldest son was diagnosed Bi-Polar Disorder when he had Reactive Attachment Disorder. As an adopted parent, read and understand attachment disorder before accepting a diagnoses. Get on the website www.attach.org for help on symptoms of attachment.
Helping our children find success with their medication needs, will help them to be able to navigate their needs for life!