Disturbing Facts about use of ADHD Medications in Schools

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Chiro Blog | 1 comment

Use of ADHD Medication in Schools

 ADHD drugs are far from being recognized for their potential health hazards; they have gained a reputation as “cognition enhancers” among all students and young professionals. Narcotic painkillers, anti-anxiety drugs, and antidepressants are also notoriously overprescribed.

According to data from IMS Health, a whopping 48.4 million prescriptions for ADHD stimulants were written in 2011, up 39 percent from 2007.

 As reported by CNN Health:

“Prescription ADHD medications like Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse are becoming increasingly popular for overworked and overscheduled college students — who haven’t been diagnosed with ADHD…

Some researchers estimate about 30 percent of students use stimulants non-medically.

One 2008 study, which interviewed 1,800 college students, reported that 81 percent of them perceived illicit use of ADHD drugs as being completely harmless.

This is despite the fact that these drugs are Schedule II substances — just like cocaine, methamphetamines, and morphine. As such, drugs like as Ritalin, Vyvanse, Strattera, and Adderall have very real health risks.

Accidental overdose and/or acute adverse effects are also quite possible, as recent statistics demonstrate. According to a reportpublished just last year, ADHD drugs were responsible for nearly 23,000 emergency room visits in 2011.

This is a more than 400 percent increase in ER visits due to adverse reactions to ADHD medication in a mere six years. The increase was most dramatic among 18- to 25-year-olds. Far more serious adverse effects of ADHD drugs include:

Chiropractic Care May offer a Healthier Solution

A study done in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal & Family Health, published a case study in the March 2009 issue documenting the improvement a 3 and a half year old boy with Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), had with chiropractic care,

Some authors consider Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to be the most commonly encountered neurobehavioral disorder of childhood. Studies show a 4%-12% occurrence rate among school-aged children with boys having a 3x more likely diagnosis than girls. ADHD is treated using psychostimulant drugs, such as Ritalin. Researchers note that Ritalin can cause a decrease in ADHD symptoms, but also has the following side effects.

  • Aggression, restlessness, hallucinations, unusual behavior, or motor tics (muscle twitches);
  • Dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, seizure).
  • Fast, pounding, or uneven heartbeats;
  • Easy bruising, purple spots on your skin; or fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash

It has also been reported that most of the high profile school shootings were performed by boys who were on long-term medication for ADHD.

A chiropractic examination involving several procedures such as thermography, muscle testing, posture analysis, and range of motion was performed on this young boy in this case study. There was presence of vertebral subluxation and a course of specific adjustments were initiated. The treatment schedule was initially adjustments for 3 times a week for three weeks followed by one visit per week for the next 8 weeks.

The boy’s parents and teachers reported improvement in the boy’s attention and energy levels following the initiation of chiropractic care. They also note that his grades have improved and the boy was able to win a chess tournament due to his improved ability to pay attention. The boy’s mother noted her son would show an increase in hyperactivity if she waited longer than two weeks to get him adjusted because of this the young boy remained under chiropractic care at a frequency of twice monthly. The 3 year old boy is also no longer on medication for his ADHD.

Dr. Pamela Stone-McCoy, lead author of the paper also noted, “Research is revealing that there is a relationship between abnormalities in the spine, the nervous system and brain. Basic science research shows that the proper development of the brain relies on proper structure and movement of the spine from an early age.” Dr. McCoy went on to explain, “Children’s nervous systems need the constant stimulation of movement in order to develop and function properly. Abnormal position or movement of the spinal vertebra can develop and this can lead to nerve interference. It is this interference, called vertebral subluxations, which chiropractors correct.

If you or anyone you know has any of these conditions, or even if you notice that your head can not turn one direction as the other, you or they need to get checked by a Chiropractor before these conditions worsen.

Come by any of the offices today to get your spine checked today!

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