It seems we continue to throw our children headlong into the ever increasing and questionable diagnosis of ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) and its attendant drugging, all without really facing the inevitable consequences that are there, as certain as the sun rises and sets.
The Big Picture
ADHD is big business. Sales of the drugs given to children and youth labeled with ADHD nearly doubled in the five years between 2005 and 2009. According to IMS Health, a healthcare information and consulting company, sales increased from 3 billion dollars (2005) to 5.9 billion dollars (2009). Billions of dollars spent to drug our children.
Some sobering statistics for all of us to consider, as our children are our future:
- One in every 10 children in America has been diagnosed with ADHD, an alarming increase of 22% since 2003. Approximately two-thirds of those children are prescribed drugs.
- The side-effects of those drugs prescribed to our children include brain and liver damage, depression, hallucinations, cardio-toxicity, stroke, heart attack, and suicide.
- In 2011, those drugs prescribed for a diagnosis and label of ADHD were the cause of nearly 23,000 visits to emergency rooms. Even worse, that is a 400% increase in emergency room visits for adverse drug reactions in only 6 years.
According to recently release information from SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), the ADHD drugs responsible for the emergency room visits included Ritalin, Strattera, Vyyvanse, Adderall and their generic equivalents.
The 400% increase in ER visits for adverse reactions to this drug were in the age group of 18 to 34 years old, with the most dramatic increase amongst those aged 18 to 25 years old. In their August 8th report, (DAWN Report) SAMSHA warned that both heart and blood vessel damage is linked to the “non-medical” use of these ADHD stimulant drugs.
ADHD Drugs: More Addiction
The August 8th DAWN report points up the increasing trend of prescription drug abuse, that more than half of the young people of mostly college age got their drugs from either a friend or relative for free. Another 17% of these youth bought their drugs from someone they knew.
Another report points up the sharp increase in the abuse of ADHD drugs. According to I.M.S. Health, 48.4 million prescriptions for ADHD stimulant drugs were written in 2011. That is a 39% increase since 2007, only four years. Also according to this report, there are nearly 14,000 (fourteen-thousand) new prescriptions for ADHD stimulant drugs written every month. That increase is over and above the 5.6 million prescriptions written in 2007.
As a sign of our times, it is “exceedingly easy” to fake the ADHD symptoms needed to get a prescription written for the stimulant drugs, and according to a 2008 study from the Journal of American College Health, most of the participants in the study had very little information regarding the drug’s being used, and found them to be both easily acquired and stigma-free.
The Great Charlatans
Just seven months before his death at the age 87, Psychiatrist Leon Eisenberg, recognized as the “scientific father of ADHD,” confessed in a 2012 interview with the German paper, Der Spiegel that this disorder, ADHD, is “a prime example of a fictitious disease”. Read it again. “A prime example of a fictitious disease.”
And, we have also released a series of articles on the dangers of addiction connected with ADHD drug use.
What untold human suffering is a consequence of such a devastating lie, and the evil of making our children into a new generation of drug addicts! It is our responsibility to stop the harm being done to our children when young, and to our youth who are now the abusers and addicts of the ADHD stimulant drugs.
On an immediate basis, consulting a well-versed nutritionist or physician specializing in a holistic nutritional approach to handling symptoms assigned to ADHD, but which actually may be stemming from sugar, gluten, allergies, or other not yet identified causes could potentially save your child from becoming an addict.