Published: 20 Jun 2011: SCOTTISH SUN
PROBLEM children as young as THREE are being prescribed mind-altering drugs, experts have warned.
Some of the youngsters are simply naughty and don't even need medical treatment.
Child psychologist David Traxson said at least 100 children aged three to five in the West Midlands are on drugs like Ritalin - used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
He said: "They are taking potentially addictive drugs and no one knows what will happen to their brains in future."
University of Birmingham expert Sue Morris said: "Sometimes drugs are used rather than therapy and that is wrong."
About 660,000 Ritalin prescriptions are dished out annually for childhood ADHD - a sevenfold rise since 1997.
The drug can stunt growth and cause heart problems and depression.
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