A Good Boy When He Takes His Meds

2 Apr

America: The Next South KoreaStudents tied to desks? Popping Adderall to stay wired for standardized tests? Where is this – South Korea? No, the pill-popping capital of the world, the United States.

“It’s unbelievable how quickly they try to dispense that stuff,” Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough said of doctors giving out prescriptions to treat ADHD. “We have a nation of children who are addicted to prescription drugs and they’re dying.”

Co-host Mika Brzezinski commented that many of her children’s peers are taking drugs like Ritalin and Adderall to aid their academic performance. Studies say that as much as 30% of these prescription pills given to diagnosed kids go to friends.

“These kids take this stuff for ADD and ADHD on test day, and they start getting used to medicating for events—for academic events. It’s become a part of their lives,” she said.

Along with these skyrocketing diagnoses and prescriptions come skyrocketing costs, too.

In 2005, when 5% of children were diagnosed with ADHD, the annual societal “cost of illness” for ADHD was estimated to be between $36 and $52 billion. Today, with 11% of children are diagnosed with ADHD, adding to increasingly high healthcare costs even more.


The Daily Dish disputes, that Adderall is the new caffeine.

About that dying while sleeping, sleep apnea is no joke.

And, Harold Pollack addresses some of the myths behind disability insurance, children, and ADHD.

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