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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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February 17, 2017
Linda R. from Dover, DE writes:
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This drug should not be administered to any child. It will only lead to the abuse of the drug at an older age and increase to the street drugs making them addicts. We in the United States have NO system to take care of the addicts we create!!! We only treat them like scum, give them NO skills to improve or die. The addict only wants to be normal, but how can they be when it far easier to GET the drug to GET high than to GET treatment!!!!!!!!!! This is absurd. And look at the prime locations/hotspots. The government should be beefing up rehab programs in DE, PA, and NJ why BECAUSE of the access to the purest Heroin in the country. That is in Philly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Waiting list for the miserable state rehabs and then they put them on an addicting drug to GET off the DRUG they are addicted to......... Sad, and this is killing our children so you need to wake up this IS and has been an epidemic for YEARS it did not just occur!!!!!!!!!!!
January 28, 2017
Someone writes:
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Our grandson who has been diagnosed with high functioning autism has been prescribed ritalin by a paediatrician. He is 6yrs old. We used to call him how happy boy however since being on this drug we now call him our sad boy. It has changed his personality. He no longer eats during the day and has periods where he just sits crossed legged either looking down or looking away with tears in his eyes. I believe children who are on this type of drug are given it because either their teachers or their parents aren't coping and they are the ones who need help on how to cope with and accept children for who they are not who they want them to be.
January 17, 2017
Robert T. from Brooklyn, NY signed.
January 17, 2017
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.
4 months ago
robin w. from Bedrock, CO signed.