Thursday, May 25, 2006

ADHD drugs take toll on minors

ADHD drugs take toll on minors
By Joyce Howard Price
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
May 25, 2006

Accidental overdoses and side effects from attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder drugs send about 3,100 Americans -- 80 percent of them children -- to hospital emergency rooms annually, a federal survey has found.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 60 percent of the overdoses were accidental and were preventable if parents had kept the stimulant drugs locked in cabinets and in child-resistant containers.
Fourteen percent of patients had side effects including chest pain, high blood pressure and irregular heartbeats -- indicators of potentially serious cardiac problems.
Dr. Adam L. Cohen, a CDC epidemiologist, said the study was done to gauge "adverse events" linked to the widely prescribed drugs, especially serious heart problems that have led to calls for the Food and Drug Administration to require its most serious "black-box" warnings on the stimulants.
The CDC's survey was reported in a letter from Dr. Cohen in today's New England Journal of Medicine, which included responses from doctors worried about the dangers of not treating attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder.
"The numbers [of side effects] are puny compared to the numbers of stimulant prescriptions per year," said Dr. Tolga Taneli, a child and adolescent psychiatrist at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark. "I'm not alarmed." ...

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Read the whole article at the title link.

What an arrogant reaction... "the Doctor is not alarmed"! 3100 people being forced to the hospital emergency rooms, which suggests maybe 10 times or 100 times as many children suffering but not telling their parents, or at least, the parents not taking the suffering kid to the hospital -- hopefully throwing their pills into the toilet and looking for alternative solutions. One wonders how American society limped along for generations without using such "meds" to help "raise their kids".

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