Once a young person has become acclimatised to taking medication to resolve a problem in early life, what do we think they are likely to do, when they hit problems later in life?What choice do they feel will be open to them? Will the drugs they use then be legal or illegal?
For more information on topic and the BBC radio programmes on over-prescription of drugs for kids go to link above:
|Early prescribed Amphetamines can increase later crime rates in Y.P.involved.
|Positive expectations are our most powerful resource.
The prolific increase in medics prescribing psychotropic (mind changing) drugs to younger and younger patients could be impacting negatively on their perceptions of the world they live in and their power to influence it.
|Amphetamines are "Speed."
-long-term mass psychotropic drug treaments e.g.8% of children on Methylphenidate at any one time,which is scandalous for any society.
-the damage of negative expectations / labelling with broad spectrum mental health conditions throughout life.
-highest levels of adult mental health problems and hospital admissions in western world (700 / 100,000 = 1.4 million in 2006)
-highest levels of adult imprisonment in world with 760 / 100,000 = 2.3 million adults incacarated at present.So much for the success of "Zero tolerance!"
- Juvenile delinquency rates in the U.S. are up to 25 times higher in groups that are medicated (psychostimulants) than in a control group.
e.g. 36% involved in one or more crimes
30% involved in two or more crimes
20% had to be institutionalised
So the suggested relationship between early childhood medication - to - adult hospitalisation rates - to - adult incarcaration rates may well have some validity.At the very least research needs to be undertaken to explore this issue.
From: Satterfield,J,H. et al. Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry,56 - 64 (1987)
This has to be a better way to respectfully treat our young people rather than potentially abusing them with psychotropic drugs which have a life long negative impact.