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ADHD or not, kids prescribed Adderall to boost school grades

Discussion in 'FOOD, DRINKS, NUTRITION' started by Sola, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. Sola

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    By Alan Schwarz

    When Dr. Michael Anderson hears about his low-income patients struggling in elementary school, he usually gives them a taste of some powerful medicine: Adderall.

    The pills boost focus and impulse control in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Although A.D.H.D is the diagnosis Dr. Anderson makes, he calls the disorder “made up” and “an excuse” to prescribe the pills to treat what he considers the children’s true ill — poor academic performance in inadequate schools.

    “I don’t have a whole lot of choice,” said Dr. Anderson, a pediatrician for many poor families in Cherokee County, north of Atlanta. “We’ve decided as a society that it’s too expensive to modify the kid’s environment. So we have to modify the kid.”

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  2. tunmi

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    this cannot be ethical
     
  3. toammyb

    toammyb Born to lead and follow

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    Ethics are defined by the people who have decided that they cannot modify the kids' environment - the same people that created societal class.

     

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