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Ban the Use of ADHD Drugs in Children Until Their Dangers Can Be Investigated

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We ask the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Senate and the President to support a ban, or at least a drastic limit, on the use of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) stimulant type drugs for teens and children under the age of 18 until the dangerous consequences of their use can be scientifically disproven.

We believe there are serious issues related to the administration of amphetamine type drugs such as methylphenidate (trade names Concerta, Methylin, Ritalin, Equasym XL), Dexedrine, Cylert and Adderall, which are used to treat children diagnosed with ADHD.

Due to the promotion and marketing of ADHD and ADHD drugs directly to the public and medical community by the pharmaceutical industry, ADHD has become the most commonly diagnosed, and potentially misdiagnosed, mental disorder among children in the United States and the numbers are increasing. According to the Center for Disease Control by 2011, 6.5 million children were diagnosed with ADHD in the U.S. and of those diagnosed, 3.5 million were being prescribed medications, which was an increase from 4.4 million children diagnosed with ADHD and 2.5. million children medicated for ADHD in 2003.

1) These stimulant drugs are mostly prescribed for (ADHD) and other childhood "disorders" and are "Schedule II" drugs, meaning they have the same potential for abuse as morphine, opium and cocaine. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports that studies show that Ritalin is more potent than cocaine and affects the brain in the same way as cocaine does.

2) Concerns have been raised that long-term therapy of these types of drugs can cause drug dependence, psychosis (mania), depression, insomnia, agitation, social withdrawal, stunted growth, heart irregularities and sometimes even death. It is unacceptable that drugs with such potentially damaging side effects are allowed to be given to children.

3) There are no objective medical tests for ADHD, and the screenings and diagnosis for these drugs are subjective and are open to misdiagnosis. Therefore, we believe that multitudes of normal, spirited children with no mental condition are being placed on these drugs.

4) The real long-term effects of these medications, both physical and psychological, on children have not been fully examined and publicized.

Therefore, we ask the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Senate and the President to conduct a full investigation on the extent of these medications? effects on children and we urge you to ban the use of these medications for children until conclusive scientific evidence determines their safety.

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3 days ago
Robert T. from Brooklyn, NY signed.
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Robert T. from Brooklyn, NY signed.
December 12, 2016
Stefan C. from Saint Paul, MN writes:
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Our children are depending on us to defend them. But we give them stronger drugs than they can get on the street. No wonder we have a drug problem.
December 10, 2016
Dean B. from Reston, VA signed.
December 9, 2016
Rev. David F. W. from Lincoln, NE writes:
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NO child suffers from 'drug' deficiency.
December 8, 2016
Ulrik P. from Virginia Beach, VA signed.
November 30, 2016
Teresa L. from Phoenix, AZ writes:
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Have not had a child on Ritalin, however, my eldest son was prescribed Zoloft for depression when he was in high school. He is now 30 and addicted to Heroin. Before Zoloft he had no desire to take any medication. If I had known that this could lead him to opiates, I would have never allowed him to take the medication. There are so many narcotics hurting us all.
October 25, 2016
robin w. from Bedrock, CO signed.
3 months ago
Someone from Austin, TX writes:
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Hello! From experience as a Mom the drugs given to my children caused many side affects. It is known when these drugs were made they knew of these side affects and the FDA allowed them in the system. These are very harmful to their bodies and mixed with other drugs can cause many other illnesses. Please stop allowing our children to be hurt. There are other alternatives to be allowed as a free country to make those choices. Thank you, Chaplain Rosana E. Price
October 10, 2016
Michael G. from Millersville, PA writes:
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When I was 7 years old, I was put on Ritalin for a little over a month. I wouldn't have known it was about that long if someone didn't tell me. What ritalin did to me, i can only relate to a bad acid trip, but constantly. I dreamed of meeting the devil, I saw demonic visions of people that I am very close to, I wanted to run my head into a wall to end the torture that I was experiencing. I guess I was experiencing some sort of psychosis. Anyways, ever since then, I have become determined to end this drug. Sign this petition with me, if my story doesn't convince you, i doubt that anything will, because I believe I owe the people that got me off of that drug my life, because if it wasn't for them, i believe that it would have killed me, or put me into a mental hospital. Please sign this petition to prevent what my story with the drug could have been, be some poor child's story. Here is an image that horrifies me to this day, showing the effects of the drug, and how they can destroy the mind and body of a child. http://imgur.com/KMnaZI9