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Health & Wellness  (tags: medications, drugs, health, children, dangerous, adhd, legalisation, studies )

Simone
- 2810 days ago - forcechange.com
ADHD is a prevalent and chronic disorder that affects millions of children in the United States, many of whom are treated with drugs. While the FDA limits the administration of the powerful stimulants used to treat ADHD to children under five years old,



   

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Carole K (195)
Thursday November 10, 2011, 2:55 pm
As an ECSE (early childhood special education) teacher with over 30 Yrs. previous work experience, I am greatful to note & sign this petition! Doctors need to quit quick-fix drugging preschoolers. I have seen this grevious situation esculate out of control over the lifespan of my teaching career; & it must stop! Often school personnel recommend this diliterious prescription for parents to request;& it's so just plain wrong for the well being of children! There are no longitudinal studies to support this over drug use & doctors do not even know all the adverse affects that these drugs could do to young kids who's brains are still in a state of being developed!!! TY, so much for this one, Simone! Bless you!!!
 

Iona Kentwell (129)
Thursday November 10, 2011, 7:22 pm
Thank you so much Simone! For an excellent documentary on these drugs and children watch Dead Wrong http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5ey-PyzrY0
 

Ruth R (246)
Friday November 11, 2011, 12:09 am
Noted and signed.
 

Dominic Delarmente (33)
Friday November 11, 2011, 12:32 am
Signed in support for health and Wellness of our Children..Thanks Simone
 

Past Member (0)
Friday November 11, 2011, 12:51 am
I'm not a specialist in education and have no degree in psychology but in my experience in teaching children I have noticed that the children who are usually disruptive are either too advanced for the class or needing extra tuition. In one class I had a young teenage girl announce that she probably couldn't participate that day because she had forgotten to take her meds in the morning and she was hyperactive. It was my first class with this girl and I told her I was certain she would be fine. The girl thoroughly enjoyed the class and had fun with the other students in activities.

I know this is just one case, but I, as a layman, could tell immediately that the girl was 'normal'. If one child every day can be saved from being medicated, then that's one life saved IMHO.
 

Stelizan L (258)
Friday November 11, 2011, 1:22 am
Thanks for sharing, Simone! I was threatened that my son would be evicted unless we got him onto medication in grade A - and it took us 10 years before we found a properly qualified doctor who could prove them wrong!!
 

Ben O (129)
Friday November 11, 2011, 1:50 am
Signed!
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Friday November 11, 2011, 2:07 am
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Arild Warud (174)
Friday November 11, 2011, 2:31 am
Signed,thanks Simone.
 

Kenneth L (314)
Friday November 11, 2011, 5:11 am
I watched a few videos of kids who 'have ADHD'. One of the 'symptoms' is they can't keep focused on school or homework. That's a BAD thing? Says who? It is if you're a parent who sticks the kid in school because 'everybody does that' and gets the kid out of your hair while you go to work or sit at home and enjoy yourself. It's bad for the teacher because they're getting PAID in a certain structured system to 'learn' everyone everything a certain way. Plus they have to answer to their superiors.
The kids's attention flits around. That's a BAD thing? Some people have super active imagination and energy, it takes a LOT to keep their attention on something they consider too dull or boring or stupid to bother with. I(ncluding in their opinion, dull, boring, or stupid people.) A future Thomas Edison isn't likely to pay much attention to 'how to build a birdhouse' if he isn't interested in birds and wants to solve some real problems in the world...
So you see it's subjective.
The pity is it's labelled a 'mental disorder' and even usually drugged.
And if there are many other views of how to look at the human mind than just through Psychiatry or Psychology.
Kids and adults find out there's a 'list' of behaviours and ways of thinking and 'symptom's' that fit the label of ADHD, apply it to themselves, and go 'yup, that's me, I've got ADHD'. Doesn't that sound like a setup sort of?
 

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (44)
Friday November 11, 2011, 5:14 am
~Done
 

Past Member (0)
Friday November 11, 2011, 5:30 am
2x, TU
 

Marge F (0)
Friday November 11, 2011, 5:41 am
Thank-you for the article. I signed. Carole K. thank-you for your informative comment as well. We have made many new advances in as many ways whether it be in technology, general day-to-day living, medicine, transportation, etc. I worked as a RN for over 31 years in a critical care unit of the hospital where I received my Nurse's training. As the saying goes, there is a time & a place for everything. I know that in some situations medicine(s) is(are) necessary to prevent a detrimental &/or fatal effect from occurring. I also know that there are times medication is given basically for convenience whether it be for time or effort or both. I am a firm believer in using medication when it is available & needed. I am also a firm believer in trying other therapeutic measures before resorting to medication when doing so is possible. The great advances that have been made may have been to save people time, however, for too many there just is not enough time. Thus, medications are given instead of distracting, holding, talking, truly listening, because they take time. I thank-you for reading this.
 

. (0)
Friday November 11, 2011, 11:09 am
I was not aware that children were even given meds under the age of 6.....very enlightening article -thanks
 

DORIS L (61)
Friday November 11, 2011, 1:39 pm
Signed.
 

Sharon F (0)
Friday November 11, 2011, 2:17 pm
Back to basics--all living creatures need free time outdoors. Think more recess.
 

Megan Beery (18)
Friday November 11, 2011, 2:20 pm
signed and noted
 

Sheila D (28)
Friday November 11, 2011, 2:24 pm
Personally, I think all drugs are over used on children under 12. No one under 5 should be on drugs unless it is a life threatening disease, which ADHD is not. What is wrong with these people, anyway? It's as bad as giving a child whiskey to calm them down, or worse because the doctor perscribed it. Not a good thing.
 

Ann Breeden (65)
Friday November 11, 2011, 3:39 pm
These drugs should be banned.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Friday November 11, 2011, 4:54 pm
Signed
 

Patricia E G (52)
Friday November 11, 2011, 5:07 pm
Noted & Signed
Thank you Simone
 

Valjean O (23)
Friday November 11, 2011, 5:58 pm
done~
 

Past Member (0)
Friday November 11, 2011, 6:07 pm
Noted and signed, Simone.
 

Chavonne H (46)
Friday November 11, 2011, 7:57 pm
Does anyone wonder why kids of today under the age of 5 need medication to behave or to act "normal"? maybe if we get to the root cause they wont need the medicine.
 

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Friday November 11, 2011, 10:38 pm
noted and signed
 

Susanne R (236)
Saturday November 12, 2011, 12:26 am
Signed and noted! If Big Pharma had its way, we'd all be taking a large variety of prescription meds --whether we needed them or not. Instead of turning them into junkies, allow little children some time to find their way.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 12, 2011, 1:40 am
S & N.
 

Walter Firth (45)
Saturday November 12, 2011, 3:30 am
Signed.
 

Chris R (80)
Saturday November 12, 2011, 7:11 am
I'm on, thanks Simone!~
 

Shane C (3)
Saturday November 12, 2011, 9:41 am
Noted and signed. Thanks for posting.
 

Rebecca Y (26)
Saturday November 12, 2011, 9:51 am
I have worked with many children and even the Principal at the elementary school asked me how I managed with such children who were disruptive in school because they always behaved with me. The first thing I always did in my daycare was to not serve any artificial foods...additives, red food colored foods, foods with lots of sugar, etc. The second thing I did was listen to the children when they talked even if they had gotten into trouble at school, I listened to their side and didn't "blame" them for every little thing that happened. We had a system when something went wrong where the kids all sat around the table and each in their turn told what they saw and what they said and they couldn't be interrupted. By the end of this discussion, everyone of the kids saw their part in whatever happened. I always ended with, now go have fun and try not to do the same thing again. Sometimes kids need to be listened to and given the right kind of foods and some of those kids had been diagnosed with ADHD!
 

Quanta Kiran (67)
Saturday November 12, 2011, 9:54 am
Thanks.
 

Lindsay Kemp (6)
Saturday November 12, 2011, 10:12 am
It seems that this medication is being given out much too readily and is definitely not helpful in every case!
 

M B (62)
Saturday November 12, 2011, 2:03 pm
Guidance is better than drugs use, certainly for the youngsters.
 

Robert G (3)
Saturday November 12, 2011, 2:24 pm
Signed and Noted.
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday November 12, 2011, 2:58 pm
Signed
 

Cornelius McHugh (81)
Saturday November 12, 2011, 4:41 pm
Both signed.
 

Bonnie B (103)
Saturday November 12, 2011, 5:11 pm
Signed and noted. A special thank you for this one, Simone. and thanks for the great comments! When my son was in kindergarten I got a call from his teacher wanting me to put him on ADHD drugs. After listening to her drone along in a nasal monotone about how my son would get done with his work before the other students and then bother them, but if working on an art assignment she had a hard time getting him away from it and he couldn't seem to cross a floor "normally." I realized what the problem was. First: her, then because I had started reading Shakespeare and Tolkien to him by the age of three he could already basically read and was bored by simplistic stories and classwork and because I was a dancer, well, we rarely crossed a floor "normally" in our home, creativity was the order of the day at home. I refused to put him on drugs, suggested that if he got finished with his work before the others kids she let him go work on an art project and that I would talk to him and let him know he must let the others finish their work before he talked to them and refrain from creative floor crossing at school. I refrained from suggesting she get off whatever drugs she was on that made her so boring. I never got a call back so I guess talking to him worked...or she just gave up! I also never talked "down" to my son and often asked him to make suggestions about how a problem could be solved (which was included in our talk about this.) I don't believe we give even our very young children enough credit for how much they understand, and some of the solutions and ideas they come up with are absolutely precious! If we as parents or as teachers do not listen and engage with the children in our care we are missing some very interesting moments!

I am afraid that many parents put their children on drugs like these because they can't handle real parenting. Whether it is because both parents are working full time so their energy is too low to deal or because of this they don't have a bonded relationship with their kids, or they just don't care about being a real parent... The doctors and big pharma are ready willing and able to give them an easy out. Add to this the pollution and bad food that are so detrimental to us and our children.... Parenting is hard, it takes work and consistency that it seems many people are either unable or unwilling to spend energy on.
 

Kenny V (173)
Saturday November 12, 2011, 5:12 pm
Signed Thanks Simone.
 

Jennifer M (78)
Monday November 14, 2011, 8:05 am
NO child should be drugged! These kids need more attention, not drugs. Parenting is very hard! If you can't handle it, don't have kids. I don't care how disruptive a child is, they are CHILDREN! Doctors are so quick to hand out these narcotics, and parents are to quick to ask for them. Ridiculous!! GLADLY signed and noted.
 

Nikhil V (8)
Monday November 14, 2011, 10:55 pm
ADHD and its diagnosis and treatment have been considered controversial since the 1970s.The controversies have involved clinicians, teachers, policymakers, parents and the media. Opinions regarding ADHD range from not believing it exists at all to believing there are genetic and physiological bases for the condition as well as disagreement about the use of stimulant medications in treatment.Some sociologists consider ADHD to be a "classic example of the medicalization of deviant behavior, defining a previously nonmedical problem as a medical one".Most healthcare providers in U.S. accept that ADHD is a genuine disorder with debate in centering mainly around how it is diagnosed and treated. However, The British Psychological Society said in a 1997 report that physicians and psychiatrists should not follow the American example of applying medical labels to such a wide variety of attention-related disorders: "The idea that children who donít attend or who donít sit still in school have a mental disorder is not entertained by most British clinicians." In 2009, the British Psychological Society, in collaboration with the Royal College of Psychiatrists, released a set of guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. In its guideline, it state that available evidence indicate that ADHD is a valid diagnosis. However, it states that the diagnosis lack any biological basis and that "[c]ontroversial issues surround changing thresholds applied to the definition of illness as new knowledge and treatments are developed and the extent to which it is acknowledged that clinical thresholds are socially and culturally influenced and determine how an individual's level of functioning within the 'normal cultural environment' is assessed". It further states that "the acceptable thresholds for impairment are partly driven by the contemporary societal view of what is an acceptable level of deviation from the norm."

Others have included that it may stem from a misunderstanding of the diagnostic criteria and how they are utilized by clinicians, teachers, policymakers, parents and the media.Debates center around key controversial issues; whether ADHD is a disability or merely a neurological description, the cause of the disorder, the changing of the diagnostic criteria, the rapid increase in diagnosis of ADHD, and the use of stimulants to treat the disorder.[180] Long term possible side effects of stimulants and their usefulness are largely unknown because of a lack of long term studies.[181] Some research raises questions about the long term effectiveness and side effects of medications used to treat ADHD.

In 1998, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a consensus statement on the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. The statement, while recognizing that stimulant treatment is controversial, supports the validity of the ADHD diagnosis and the efficacy of stimulant treatment. It found controversy only in the lack of sufficient data on long-term use of medications, and in the need for more research in many areas.

With a "wide variation in diagnosis across states, races, and ethnicities" some investigators suspect that factors other than neurological conditions play a role when the diagnosis of ADHD is made. Two studies published in 2010 suggest that the diagnosis is more likely to be made in the younger children within a grade; the authors propose that such a misdiagnosis of ADHD within a grade may be due to different states of maturity and may lead to potentially inappropriate treatment.
 

Yvonne F (181)
Tuesday November 15, 2011, 11:10 am
Noted and signed! A really important issue! Thanks for posting!
 

ANA MARIJA R (200)
Thursday November 17, 2011, 9:18 pm
Done!
Thank you, Simone.
 

Charlene Rush (2)
Friday November 18, 2011, 9:17 pm
We mustn't forget, it's called the 'plactice of medicine'.
 

Heather O (12)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 7:08 am
Just because a Dr. recommends it You as a parent have the right to refuse and ask for a different medicine.
 

K B (89)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 8:41 am
Can a teacher ignore a student, because of the way s/he is perceived

Bring back hope to special needs

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/support-teacher-staff-training-adhd/
 

K B (89)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 8:45 am
PROTECT ADHD CHILDREN

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