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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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Jun 14th, 2014
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Jun 14th, 2014
Someone from Lakeland, FL writes:
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I don't even believe in ADD or ADHD. Why didn't all the millions of baby boomers any of us have these conditions?
Jun 14th, 2014
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Jun 13th, 2014
Someone from Overland Park, KS writes:
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Such drugs make a person worse not better and have far reaching lifetime bad consequences - suppressing a child's self-determinism and ability to be a good contributor to society - the evidence exists if you would just LOOK at it.
Jun 13th, 2014
Someone from Valley Village, CA writes:
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Doing anything to children that has not been extensively tested to be only beneficial is wrong. Please stop.
Jun 13th, 2014
Someone from Van Nuys, CA writes:
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Drugs are not the answer.
Jun 12th, 2014
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Someone from Everett, WA writes:
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I 100 percent think this is better idea than what has been done.
Jun 12th, 2014
Someone from Clearwater, FL signed.
Jun 12th, 2014
Someone from Clearwater, FL writes:
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There's no physical evidence that the so called chemical imbalance is anything more than "pharma-phiction". Ban the use of these drugs on children until the science can be studied further.
Jun 12th, 2014
Someone from Sylmar, CA writes:
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Is this really being done to help children? I think not, as drugging toddlers with toxic chemicals that are just as powerful as meth, cocaine and morphine and say that it is in the name of helping a child is madness. Please join the fight to stop this crime against our children.
Jun 12th, 2014
Someone from Los Angeles, CA writes:
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Chemicals are bad for children and people.
Jun 12th, 2014
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Someone from Tujunga, CA writes:
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Drugging children is criminal! Drugs are all TOXIC!
Jun 11th, 2014
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Jun 11th, 2014
Someone from Tucson, AZ writes:
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Children's brains are still at developmental stage. Forcing them to ingest mind altering drugs is cruelty!
Jun 11th, 2014
Someone from Tucson, AZ writes:
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Children's brains are still at developmental stage. Forcing them to ingest mind altering drugs is cruelty!
Jun 11th, 2014
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