Loss of appetite, insomnia, abdominal pain, emotional liability, nervousness, psychosis, nausea and addiction.
These are the symptoms of cocaine abuse. But thank goodness no legal, easily accessible drug on the market produces effects like these – certainly not a drug prescribed to millions of children… right?
The FDA has recently approved a new amphetamine, called Adzenys XR-ODT, for treatment of ADHD. It tastes like orange candy so that “the new, quick-dissolving formulation will help harried mothers get their kids medicated faster before school.”
What could possibly go wrong?
Never mind that ADHD is considered by many experts to be one of the most over-diagnosed mental illnesses – due both in part to societal pressure for treatment and outright manipulation of doctors’ good intentions by drug-seeking individuals.
Even if we completely ignore those facts and assume that everyone taking amphetamines for ADHD genuinely needs them, is the solution really to increase the appeal of an already addictive drug?
Many experts believe a better solution – one that doesn’t set children up for a lifetime of dependence on pharmaceutical products – is to teach kids how to cope without the aid of medication.
Dr. Gregory A. Fabiano, associate professor of counselling, school and educational psychology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, says studies which favor medication over behavioral treatment simply looked at immediate results.
“If you look at how well they work over time, any differences seem to subside,” he continues.
In light of that, are you really willing to put your child on a medication that can cause the following, according to the Adzenys XR-ODT website?
- Sudden death
- Heart attack
- Increased blood pressure and heart rate
- New or worse behavior and thought problems
- New or worse bipolar illness
- New psychotic symptoms (such as hearing voices, believing things that are not true, feelings of suspicion) or new manic symptoms
If you choose to support this new drug, you are also supporting a potential increase in the illegal trafficking of prescription medication.
Dr. Mukund Gnanadesikan, child and adolescent psychiatrist in Napa, California, believes that the new temptingly sweet amphetamine is “a recipe for people to request it and then sell it.”
Considering statistics indicating that 30% of college students use ADHD medication non-medically, the increased potential for abuse is a serious concern.
6.1% of all American children are being treated for ADHD with medication. That number is bound to rise.
There has been a 42% increase in ADHD diagnoses over the past 8 years alone, with an average age of diagnosis seven years. Seventy-five percent of those diagnosed will be placed on medications.
Due to these statistics, along with the high potential for abuse and questionable effectiveness of amphetamine drug treatment for ADHD, it is imperative that parents take the time to educate themselves on the dangers.
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Posted by David Wolfe on Wednesday, March 16, 2016