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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.
Public Comments
Jul 16th, 2018
Someone from Auburn, WA writes:
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What do you do when children are really ADHD? Me and my kids are extreme ADHD. Please help we don't know what to do.
Mar 1st, 2018
Someone from Greenville, MI writes:
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I have adhd and adhd can't be stop it grows it can control you but you can't ban adhd drugs because how others with adhd is acting they need to keep track what they are doing.
Jan 11th, 2018
Gen A. from Redondo Beach, CA writes:
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stop drugging people who have problems or not. ban all drugs in this world. we all need to eat healthy vegan foods now!
Oct 30th, 2017
Someone from Pottstown, PA signed.
Oct 5th, 2017
Someone from New York, NY writes:
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These drugs should absolutely be banned! They are not the answer to the child's or adult's behavior or inattentiveness. They highly addictive & make EVERYTHING WORSE. Even when closely monitored by the physician, because it is so addictive, the patient very quickly builds of a resistance they the dosage constantly needs to be increased. Very often the patient doubles that dose w/o the Dr knowing & regardless of being monitored by them. This is a BUSINESS - period at the cost of the patient. Do not go this route and these drugs are just as harmful and addictive as opoids!
Oct 5th, 2017
Someone from New York, NY writes:
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These drugs should absolutely be banned! They are not the answer to the child's or adult's behavior or inattentiveness. They highly addictive & make EVERYTHING WORSE. Even when closely monitored by the physician, because it is so addictive, the patient very quickly builds of a resistance they the dosage constantly needs to be increased. Very often the patient doubles that dose w/o the Dr knowing & regardless of being monitored by them. This is a BUSINESS - period at the cost of the patient. Do not go this route and these drugs are just as harmful and addictive as opoids!
Oct 5th, 2017
Someone from New York, NY writes:
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These drugs should absolutely be banned! They are not the answer to the child's or adult's behavior or inattentiveness. They highly addictive & make EVERYTHING WORSE. Even when closely monitored by the physician, because it is so addictive, the patient very quickly builds of a resistance they the dosage constantly needs to be increased. Very often the patient doubles that dose w/o the Dr knowing & regardless of being monitored by them. This is a BUSINESS - period at the cost of the patient. Do not go this route and these drugs are just as harmful and addictive as opoids!
Sep 30th, 2017
Sandra G. from Milan, IL writes:
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My granddaughter was diagnosed with ADHD and it was the wrong diagnosis. She had defiance issues that were found later after being treated for ADHD for 2 years. This seems to be a "catch-all" when the doctors have no other diagnosis to go to. Drugs are not always the answer and can lead to other problems.
Aug 6th, 2017
Jacqueline N. from Kiahsville, WV writes:
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Their is children counting on us to help them from being drugged, because a parent wants them on the meds, they tell Doctors false reports on their small children. Please help them. There is healthy children being drugged everyday because someone don't want to be bothered with these little angels
Jul 24th, 2017
K C. from Saint Charles, MO writes:
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Keep our kids off adhd, antidepressant and other brain changing medications
Jul 8th, 2017
Someone from Grand Junction, CO writes:
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These drugs are for teachers' accommodation. It is an abomination that we don't put our children first.
Jun 9th, 2017
Lindsay K. from Galax, VA signed.
Feb 17th, 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!!!!!!!!!!!
Jan 17th, 2017
Robert T. from Brooklyn, NY signed.
Jan 17th, 2017
Robert T. from Brooklyn, NY signed.
Dec 12th, 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.
Dec 10th, 2016
Dean B. from Reston, VA signed.
Dec 9th, 2016
Rev. David F. W. from Lincoln, NE writes:
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NO child suffers from 'drug' deficiency.
Dec 8th, 2016
Ulrik P. from Virginia Beach, VA signed.
Nov 30th, 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.
Oct 25th, 2016
robin w. from Bedrock, CO signed.
Oct 17th, 2016
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
Oct 10th, 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
Sep 26th, 2016
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Sep 19th, 2016
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Sep 2nd, 2016
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Aug 23rd, 2016
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Jul 19th, 2016
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Jun 23rd, 2016
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May 31st, 2016
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May 24th, 2016
Someone from Colorado Springs, CO writes:
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Stop using our kids as Guinea Pigs.....Every time we have taken our son to the doctor he assumes that he is depressed and prescribes accordingly... with some very bad affects on our son....
Apr 19th, 2016
Someone from Lenapah, OK signed.
Apr 18th, 2016
Someone from New York, NY signed.
Apr 12th, 2016
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Mar 30th, 2016
Someone from Philadelphia, PA writes:
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We told our son's doctor that there was a history of addiction in my family. She assured us that the drugs she was prescribing were "not habit forming." Soon after we learned that my son had been selling his prescription to get strong opiates which has lead to heroin. I will always regret listening to this doctors advice and introducing ADD meds into my sons system. Our gorgeous son is now a full blown heroin addict with no health insurance and no help in sight. He's been to 7 rehabs, many half way houses, he's tried methadone and suboxone, but to no avail. He's near overdoses 3 times, and we live in fear of losing him, although it already feels as if he is gone. Our hearts are broken.
Mar 20th, 2016
Someone from Sylacauga, AL signed.

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