Schools Push Too Many Mood Drugs, House Told
Byline: George Archibald, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Too many children are being labeled for attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder and improperly placed on psychotropic drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall to be "calmed down," a House panel was told yesterday.
Most child-health specialists agree that about 2 percent of schoolchildren "are so pervasively overactive or inattentive that they are very difficult for anyone to manage." But up to 17 percent of schoolchidlren are being labeled for attention-deficit (hyperactivity) disorder, or ADHD, said Dr. William B. Carey, director of behavioral pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
"Why is 80 percent …
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Publication information: Article title: Schools Push Too Many Mood Drugs, House Told. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: May 7, 2003. Page number: A03. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2003 Gale Group.
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