Monday, June 20, 2005

Psychotropic Drug Concerns Raised

Canada. New Brunswick’s ombudsman has told a Senate committee examining children’s rights that he is concerned at the widespread use of Ritalin for children with so-called ADD/ADHD.

Bernard Richards also told the committee that he is deeply concerned about the ever increasing number of young children on psychotropic drugs such as Ritalin.

"I really feel there is a need in Canada, and New Brunswick is no different, to have a closer look at the issue of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the prescription of Ritalin. I'm concerned that it is being seen as the easy solution to an overactive child."

The New Brunswick Education Department has issued a directive to teachers and school districts that educators teachers are not to give medical advice and/or diagnose medical conditions and that they are not to suggest medication to parents of school children.

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