Children and Hard Psych Drugs

I just found an older article from the Sept 2007 New American written by the attorney of a six year old boy being forcibly drugged by the state:

“Twelve adults gathered in a small, closed courtroom to decide how many powerful, anti-psychotic drugs that the child, who is currently in the custody of the state, would be required to take. The patient did not have a voice, since he was not there. No doctor was present, but plenty of lawyers were. The little boy’s lawyer saw nothing wrong with drugging him into a stupor. As the attorney for the heartbroken mother, I spoke against the whole idea; I suggested to the court that other factors may be causing the child’s problems, and that the compulsory administration of drugs by the state was simply an excuse to avoid addressing those issues. Read the rest of this entry »

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Psychostimulants (Stimulants): Side Effects, Dangers and Street Use

Do you know if your child is taking “psychostimulants” also known as “stiumlants”?

No one knows how many of America’s high school age youngsters are taking prescribed psychiatric drugs, but an estimate of 10 – 15% would not be far off, and for some age groups and circumstances it will be far too low. If we dip into special populations such as those in special education or foster care, the figure for those taking psychiatric drugs approaches 100%.

Now a Stanford study described in the May 24-25, 2008 the Wall Street Journal by reporter Jonathan Kaufman has shown that nearly one in ten of 11th graders take stimulants like Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta without a prescription. Nine percent are taking stimulants illegally. Read the rest of this entry »

Concerta – ADHD Medication: Side Effects Including Death

The safety of Concerta (methylphenidate), a central nervous system stimulant commonly used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in young children, has recently been called into question after the FDA released data showing a link between ADHD medication use and a risk of sudden death.

On February 9, 2006, the FDA voted 8 to 7 in favor of requiring the most serious type of warning label for Concerta, Adderall, Ritalin and all other ADHD drugs. The black box warning is being added in response to the FDA findings that suggest there is a strong link between the use of ADHD medications and an increased risk of sudden death and serious cardiovascular problems, including heart attacks. Read the rest of this entry »

Michael Phelps’ Mother is Paid to Advocate ADHD Medications

Michael Phelps, gold medalist swimmer in the Beijing Olympics, broke the world record for holding the most Gold Medals, 8!

In an interview with his mother by Baltimore, Maryland’s WJS, CBS affiliate, television station, she explained that Michael was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 9 years old. She first tried the route of behavior modification and medication, but then stopped the medication when he was 11. She decided to keep him on a regimented schedule and let him do his favorite sport, swimming, which burned up a lot of that extra energy. Read the rest of this entry »

ADD and ADHD Drugs: Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta – Linked to Sudden Death – Seek Alternatives

2.5 million out of the 4 million U.S. children diagnosed with attention-deficit disorders are being treated with stimulant drugs. ADHD drugs like Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta supposedly help your child pay attention. Yes. I would imagine drugging your child into an obedient state might work to make them more manageable for both teacher and parent, but at what risk?

These drugs can increase blood pressure and heart rate and carry warnings about risks for sudden deaths Read the rest of this entry »

ADD and ADHD Drugs: FDA’s Black Box Warnings and Side Effects

U.S. physicians write millions of antidepressant prescriptions per year to patients under the age of 18 and even more for adults.

In 2004 the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) directed the manufacturers of all antidepressant medications to add a “black box” warning that describes the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in children and adolescents given antidepressant medications. A “black box” warning is the most serious warning placed in the labeling of a prescription medication. Read the rest of this entry »