The Drugging of Our Kids
April 3, 2015
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Health Canada issued a warning this week about the two main drug classes that are used to treat ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) – methylphenidate and amphetamine-based drugs. The drugs are: Adderall XR, Concerta, Biphentin, Strattera, Intuniv XR, Dexedrine, Ritalin, Ritalin SR, and Vyvanse.
Canada’s national agency has noted reports of suicidality associated with these drugs.
“The reports involved thoughts of suicide, suicide attempts, and in a very small number of cases, completed suicide,” Health Canada said in a statement. “These events have been reported at various times during treatment, particularly at the start or during dose changes, and also after stopping the drug treatment.”
In 2012, The Toronto Star, as part of an investigation, found nearly 600 cases of Canadian kids suffering serious, sometimes fatal side-effects suspected to have been caused by ADHD medications between 2002 and 2012.
When it comes to medication for ADHD in Japan, there are very few options. While Ritalin is available in Japan, it is illegal for it to be used for ADHD. It is currently only approved for narcolepsy.