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Prescription Speed for the Children of our World John Smith English 1a May 17, 2007
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The old saying speed kills seems to have been chucked out of the window ever since drugs such as Ritalin, Adderall and Concerta have become a popular solution for troublesome, hyper children. They are the most common drugs supplied to children with Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, which are also, more commonly known as ADD and ADHD. Children that are said to have ADD and ADHD suffer from social interaction problems, have great difficulty academically and do not obey rules. The drugs given to mostly young children anywhere from age of 5 and up have a speed-like effect and seem to drain the children of personality. Many people argue that it is important for children with the disorder to receive the medication to succeed academically and socially in their lives, which may be true for some. Most of the children are said to be over diagnosed, which can be associated with the inability to truly know if a child has the disorder. There is no physical test and most question the disorder’s validity. Over the past couple of years prescriptions for these types of medications has dramatically increased. About one to three million children have been put on the medication in the last couple of years. Production for the drug Ritalin increased seven hundred percent between 1990 and 1998 (Breeding). Each year more and more parents are discovering this “wonder drug”. One must wonder if the drug is still being prescribed for truly troubled children. Parenting is not an easy job, and it never has been. The tantrums they throw in the grocery store, the whining, the drawing on the walls is inevitable. I believe many parents have turned to Ritalin and other drugs to cure these normal problems they cannot handle. Instead of correcting their children and trying to fix the behavior with good parenting skills they turn to medication. I have encountered many
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children and many friends that have been given these medications and they all have one thing in common: no personality. Not only are they dull and quiet, they seem very agitated. My friend is a great person off of his Adderall medication, but once he is taking it he looks bored, uncomfortable, and jittery. He often tells me he cannot eat or sleep which is the most common side effect of the drug. A person gets the same effect when
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This essay was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course ENGLISH ? taught by Professor Dowden,hindman,welsh,leiby during the Fall '07 term at El Camino.

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