kids be kids

Let’s let kids be kids – not doped up kids.  Whether they are getting them from their friends or their doctors, children in this country are getting a LOT of drugs – in fact more than most children in Europe.

According to this study there are many reasons, but unless the result is that our kids are doing better than their European counter parts, the reasons are wrong.

While growing up things happen.  A kid can stumble, but when they stand up, they are forced to learn a lesson.  What kind of conclusions about experience can someone draw when they are on mind altering drugs?

If doctors are doctors and parents are parents, then kids can be kids.

“Doctors in the U.S. are more likely to prescribe stimulants, antidepressants and other psychotropic drugs to youth than doctors in the Netherlands and Germany, Medpage Today reported Sept. 24.

Researchers at  the University of Maryland examined administrative claims data for the year 2000 on insured children and teens in the Netherlands, Germany and the U.S. and found that use of psychotropic medications in the U.S. was 2.27 times higher than in the Netherlands and 3.33 times higher than in Germany. Prevalence of prescription psychotropic drug use was 6.66 percent among American youths, compared to 2.9 and 2 percent, respectively, among Dutch and German youths.”


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