Essay on Adhd And Its Effects On Children

986 Words Jul 9th, 2015 4 Pages
Americans are generally unaware that some of the most frequently prescribed drugs are nearly identical to illegal street drugs. For instance, Ritalin, or methylphenidate, is prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Ritalin, like Adderall, is a stimulant that produces virtually the same effects as amphetamines. Now, approximately 90% of the world’s Ritalin is used in the U.S. Certainly, there are children that seem to benefit from these drugs, but there’s clearly a profit motive that results in unnecessary prescriptions. Some studies estimate that as many as 1,000,000 American children are misdiagnosed for ADHD.
ADHD drugs are popular with adolescents for all night studying sessions. Now, that certainly doesn’t sound like a dire situation, but with widespread distribution many young people are also abusing these drugs recreationally. Likewise, many adults were prescribed these drugs as children and still feel dependent upon the drug in order to stay productive at work. Hence, as of 2015, more American adults are prescribed ADHD drugs than children. Despite their sanitized reputation, these prescription drugs, like amphetamines, can lead to high blood pressure, aggression, paranoia, cocaine cravings, heart attack, stroke, and suicide, among many other horrible possibilities. That makes news from 2014 all the more disturbing. Shire Pharmaceuticals was fined $56.5 million for deceptive marketing with their drug Adderall XR. According to the DOJ, Shire…

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