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The Frightening Rise of ADHD Drugs Among Children and Their Parents

In another perverse twist to the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with potentially dangerous drugs, parents of children already taking such medications are almost 10 times more likely to take one themselves. Even worse, some 60 percent were mothers, although ADHD had been thought to be almost three times more common among males.

These dire numbers come from a review of prescription claims generated by more than 100,000 children (ages 5-19) and their parents in 2005 by Medco Health Solutions. More by the numbers:

  • The chances of a second child in the same family taking an ADHD drug doubled when a parent also took one.
  • In cases where both parent and child took an ADHD drug, parents began drug therapy first more than 40 percent of the time.
  • Adults began taking an ADHD drug at age 43 while children start at age 13.
  • According to an earlier Medco analysis, ADHD drug use among women had exploded 164 percent from 200-05.

There's no need to expose your family or yourself to a potentially hazardous ADHD drug that can cause hallucinations, especially when there are safer and more natural solutions available. A few to consider:

  1. Avoid processed foods.
  2. Rebalance your intake of omega-3 fats by taking a high quality fish or krill oil daily.
  3. Reduce, with the plan to eliminate, grains and sugars from your diet.

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