by Daria Belov
There have been a number of Ritalin and ADHD drug related articles in the news this past week. Some articles suggest that the use of Ritalin shows no long-term benefit and others suggest ADHD drugs may be stunting the growth of children.
Scanning online news sources earlier this week, I noticed hundreds of headlines related to research findings regarding the use of Ritalin and other ADHD drugs. There was an article on Monday appearing on a Canadian web site regarding ADHD drugs having no long-term benefits. In the article, researchers suggested behavioral therapy in the use of omega-3 fatty acids should be the first steps in helping children with ADHD.
Also on Monday there was an article in the Guardian Unlimited regarding the same research. According to the article the children studied had a substantial decrease in their rate of growth and there were apparently no findings of any beneficial effects of using ADHD medications long-term.
Interestingly, there are a number of news stories today, like this one in UK news, suggesting that the cost of prescribing drugs for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents is going to raise tenfold. So we have news earlier in the week that these drugs are not as effective as once thought, and then we have news that use of these drugs are going to be 10 times more expensive in the future.
During a brief scan I found articles about adults stealing Ritalin to get high, articles about the drugs altering brain structure and function, articles about Ritalin in the schoolyard, articles from the UK regarding overprescribing, news regarding recreational use, stories regarding pediatricians in Canada and Winnie the Pooh, news about Adderall and its relationship to Ritalin, and news regarding the overdiagnosis of attention deficit disorder.
I also found a fairly detailed 2004 article regarding ADHD drugs and how they are outselling antibiotics for use among children. There was also this fun article about Apples, Pears and Soda Pop, and an article by the same chiropractor regarding child control with a chemical straitjacket.
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