So that kid you have is bouncing off the walls eh? He won't stay in his seat in class. I mean at 8-years-old he should have learned to sit down and shut the hell up by now right? So instead the doctor and school administrators say "ahh, just put him on this here Ritalin, that'll calm him down".
I haven't posted a whole lot on all of these drugs that are being forced on our kids, but by the tone of my writing so far I'm sure you can tell that I'm majorly against it. First of all I believe it severely stunts a child's natural growth and development. Secondly I believe it totally destroys a child's imagination and their potential for greatness.
To slap a kid on these mind altering and dangerous drugs that could cause "sudden death" is absolutely ridiculous for any parent to do.
I actually have had teachers and educators in the past attempt to get me to put my eldest daughter on these drugs because "she daydreamed in class and didn't pay attention enough". What kind of asinine reason is that to put a child on a drug that should be reserved for the most mentally ill persons in our country.
I'm not totally against these drugs I just believe that they should be severely restricted and only used in the cases when a person is so over the top that they have been committed to an actual mental health facility or have actually showed that they are a serious threat to others, but haven't actually harmed anyone.
I would be absolutely willing to go to jail if it ever came to them court ordering my child to take the drugs. I was actually disguisingly threatened while in California by teachers and administrators that my refusal to get my child screened so they could put her on drugs could potentially be viewed as "not in the best interests of the child". The underlying threat being that they could find me an unfit parent and have her removed from my care.
I'll have those same fucking assholes know that my child has flourished since I moved to New York a year ago. Her grades are way up and she didn't even have to go to summer school this year for the first time in 3 years. It's not the drugs, assholes, it's your crappy teaching style, your overcrowded schools and your lack of a spine out there on the west coast.
GlaxoSmithKline Plc has said it will add a strong warning about possible heart risk to its attention deficit hyperactivity drug Dexedrine, according to a letter posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Web site on Monday.
Packaging for the drug will also include information about possible psychiatric adverse events, like hallucinations and mania, linked to stimulants, according to the letter dated August 4.
Inclusion of the new warning comes after two FDA advisory panels offered conflicting opinions over how strong such warnings should be.
If you put your child on these drugs you should think twice. You may just end up one of those families you see on TV talking about how sad you are that your child died while on one of these drugs you thought were safe. I'm just sayin'
Tipped by: Daily Pundit
We have installed a vile policy in our school that discriminates against boys and then we treat boys like broken human beings when they don't respond to an education system that is geared toward girls, i.e., that is gender biased and has been for the past 30 years. I'm talking about the "Girl Project" which was written about in Business Week http://cache.directorym.com/creative/Module/Context/ContextLoader.aspx?af=1079&group=1&c= . We show boys images of their gender as lazy oafs, stupid idiots and incompetent buffoons from every conceivable direction: in books, on T.V., in commercials and in movies, and yes, even in school. They are bombarded with negative male imagery at every turn. We drug them to make it easier on mostly female teachers who, as this article relates, http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=2362078&page=2 make up the bulk of teachers in our schools, about 80% of teachers are women who, whether they know it or not, practice yet more gender bias against boys, Now it appears that boys are falling behind at a rapid pace and yet this is being heralded as a call to arms for girls to be outraged. See U.S. News & World Report, Page 78, Aug. 28, 2006 "Admit It: Women Have A Man Problem" You'll have to read the to believe it, they actually take what is terrible news for boys, (that they are not faring well under the "Girl Project" as institutionalized in our schools, and turn it on its head. Bottom line is that so few boys are making it through middle and high school that colleges are actively looking to recruit boys to at least try to maintain some sense of gender balance in their student body. Excuse me but that is not a problem for girls, it is a problem that boys are facing and that we all should recognize, and dare I say it, try to fix! The drugging of our male population is just a symptom of a rotten school policy that favors girls in our public school system.
Posted by: mom on August 27, 2006 01:51 PM
My name is Nikki Hughes and i would like to show you my personal experience with Ritalin.
I am 51 years old. Have been on Ritalin for 9 years now. I began taking it for depression after my marriage ended, and also in a misguided attempt to lose weight! I lost about 15 pounds at the beginning, had tons of energy, felt great...but the weight loss stopped within a few months.. I currently feel focused and motivated after I take it and am able to get a lot done. As well as the generic ritalin, I take 6 - 12 Tylenol 1 tablets a day. I know how bad this is, but can't seem to stop for more than a few days. The last nine years seem to be a blur...it's like I have lost those years....I hardly remember anything about them. I find this sad and frightening. I take what my doctor prescribed: three 10mg. tablets a day. I have tried many times to completely get off this drug but I now realize that I am truly addicted to it. If I stop taking it for more than one day I become extremely depressed and have very negative, hopeless thoughts and ideas.
I have experienced some of these side effects-
very irritable when it wears off; sometimes difficult to fall asleep, memory loss, hear music in my head that won't stop.
I hope this information will be useful to others,
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