Overuse of medication to treat children’s behavioural issues causes concern
Prescriptions of amphetamines for children have increased nearly sixty fold in the decade leading to 2004 and 120 fold from 1994 to 2009*and this is causing ongoing concern amongst educational and child psychologists as the exponential trend has continued to the present day. (750,000 in 2009 costing the NHS £31 million, from the NHS Business Services Authority, May 11th 2010, Mail on Line.)
Chartered Educational Psychologist Dave Traxson will discuss this and other factors that appear to show an alarming reliance on medicating children who are perceived to have mental health issues during his presentation today, Thursday 13th January, at the Division of Educational and Child psychology annual conference being held at Hilton Hotel, Newcastle Gateshead.
A major concern of Dave Traxson is that over the last 20 years an unhealthy, profit motivated, business alliance has been forged between pharmaceutical companies and some other key stakeholders such as some psychiatrists and some key researchers.