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TOPIC: UK:Number of Children Given ADHD Drugs Up Ninefold

UK:Number of Children Given ADHD Drugs Up Ninefold 30 Jun 2013 18:43 #220

Number of children given drugs for ADHD up ninefold with patients as young as THREE being prescribed Ritalin
Posted June 29, 2013 by Sarah Harris

Prescriptions for ‘chemical cosh’ drugs to treat hyperactivity have risen almost nine-fold, with claims that children as young as three are taking them.

The number of drugs prescriptions to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has leapt from 92,100 in 1997 to 786,400 last year, say NHS figures.

It is feared that youngsters are being given them instead of more expensive counselling and other treatments.

Some parents are also believed to be pressurising GPs for drugs to help boost performance at school.


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