Fire the Doctor 4 (Kids on 'Pharma' Drugs)
More than 25 percent of U.S. Children on Drugs
And to think in my day parents were worried about 'weed' at the playground. A verse from Jethro Tull comes to mind, "handing out small cigars to the kids from school."
Could it be the kids were already medicating themselves? And the ones that were are the ones that needed to be, and it was just working out naturally? I don't know. It's all in retrospect anyway.
What we do know is we went the 'doctor rout' and made a distinction between 'street drugs' and the doctors drugs. Now look what we have. And no wonder, kids are taught that prescription drugs are safer, less addictive and not like the dreaded street
drugs. After all, these 'things' you get from a professional and Mom and Dad says it's OK.
"Pharmaceutical drug use among children and teens continues to rise" -Medco Health Solutions Inc. They go further to say, "a quarter of all U.S. children are now regularly taking pharmaceutical drugs. And sadly enough, many of these drugs are originally intended for adult use and have side effects that weren't tested for long-term use in young people.
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports - in addition to taking drugs for conditions like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and asthma, children are now taking drugs like sleeping pills, diabetes drugs and even statin drugs, which are typically only prescribed for adults.
Health experts warn the increase of children on prescription drugs is causing these young people serious harm, and that parents should instead seek out dietary and lifestyle changes for their children. But because many docs keep on passen out drugs like after dinner mints despite known dangers, and parents accept them for their children without giving it a second thought, the future looks grim for our children.
3/3/2011 - F.D.A. ORDERS PRESCRIPTION COLD DRUGS PULLED FROM MARKET: The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday ordered that about 500 prescription drugs used to treat colds, coughs and allergies be removed from the market, saying that the medicines had never gone through a federal review of their safety and effectiveness. “We don’t know what’s in them, whether they work properly or how they are made,” Deborah M. Autor, the director of the office of compliance in the F.D.A.’s drug division, said in a telephone news conference on Wednesday morning.