ADHD drug push targets entire families; children and parents both on amphetamines

Thursday, September 28, 2006 by: Jessica Fraser
Tags: ADHD, adult ADHD, ADHD drugs

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
CDC issues flu vaccine apology: this year's vaccine doesn't work!
The five biggest lies about Ebola being pushed by government and mass media
Ultraviolet light robot kills Ebola in two minutes; why doesn't every hospital have one of these?
Tetanus vaccines found spiked with sterilization chemical to carry out race-based genocide against Africans
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
The best way to help your body protect itself against Ebola (or any virus or bacteria)
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Russia throws down the gauntlet: energy supply to Europe cut off; petrodollar abandoned as currency war escalates
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
W.H.O. contradicts CDC, admits Ebola can spread via coughing, sneezing and by touching contaminated surfaces
Top ten things you need to do NOW to protect yourself from an uncontrolled Ebola outbreak
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
FDA targets Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps for sharing health benefits of coconut oil
U2's Bono partners with Monsanto to destroy African agriculture with GMOs
Why flu shots are the greatest medical fraud in history
Governments seize colloidal silver being used to treat Ebola patients, says advocate
Flu vaccine kills 13 in Italy; death toll rises

(NaturalNews) A new study by prescription benefit manager Medco Health Solutions Inc. found that parents of children taking drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are nine times more likely to also use the drugs than other parents.

The study -- which was based on the number of ADHD prescription claims filed in 2005 for more than 107,000 children aged 5 to 19, and their parents -- found that in half the cases in which a parent and child both started taking ADHD drugs, the parent did so first.

Dr. Thomas E. Brown, associate director of the Yale Clinic for Attention and Related Disorders, says that normally children start taking the drugs first, followed by the parents.

The study also found that in 60 percent of cases, mothers were taking the drugs more than fathers in households where a parent and a child both started taking the drugs for the first time, though the disorder is two to three times more common in men than women. Dr. Andrew Adesman, chief of developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Schneider Children's Hospital in New Hyde Park, NY, claims more women are taking the drugs now because they are being examined for attention deficit problems more.

Seven percent of children taking ADHD drugs also had a parent using the drugs, the study found. The average age parents started taking ADHD drugs was 43, and the average age for kids was 13. Medco did a study last year that found that between 2000 and 2004, ADHD drug use rose twice as fast among adults than children, and growth rates were much higher for women than men.

Brown claims recent increases in use of the drugs are because parents are less likely to be put off by heavily publicized negative side effects such as heart trouble, insomnia and nervous tics if they see the medication work. Critics of the drugs -- which often belong to the amphetamine family -- say shady direct-to-consumer drug advertisements are largely to blame for the idea that ADHD is an inherited, family disorder.

"That the ADHD drug pushing industry is now targeting entire families with chemical treatment for a fictitious disease is an outrage," says Mike Adams, a critic of overmedicating children. "They claim this so-called disease runs in families, and yet they cannot produce a single shred of evidence from any medical test showing that the condition is really a disease at all."


Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...


Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.