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How people could put their kids on drugs without some kind of test showing a chemical imbalance is beyond me.
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The Wall Street Journal headline: “ADHD Drugs Do Not Boost Kids’ Grades,” and they’re just devastated out there. They just can’t figure out how all of these drugs used by parents and teachers to tame little boy after little boy is not improving their grades. That’s right. Four million kids are on ADD drugs, four million. Actually, I’m kind of surprised it’s that low. I know some of you are getting mad at me right now. I know it. I can hear you. You’re shouting at your radio. You’re getting mad, “Come on, Rush, it’s real, it happens. My kid’s got it. It’s a real problem, Rush.” I know you’re out there. I know you feel this way. And there may be instances of abnormality that is explainable by virtue of something that is pharmacological or medical, whatever, something other than just human nature. I understand that, but this was an effort to paint everybody that behaved in a certain way with a disorder.

Anyway, this is how the story begins. “It’s no longer shocking to hear of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder — and others simply facing a big test — taking ADHD medicine to boost their performance in school. But new studies point to a problem: There’s little evidence that the drugs actually improve academic outcomes. Stimulants used to treat ADHD like Ritalin and Adderall –” Let me ask you a question. I know you’re all familiar with drug testing in professional sports. Does it give you pause when you learn that one of the most used drugs in professional sports, the NFL, is Adderall, and that your kid is on it, and that the league bans its use?

largeSecond, Ritalin. Some players, because they believe what’s been said about ADHD and Ritalin and focus, we’re talking about just versions of amphetamines here, all to combat what, in the old days, was just normalcy. “Stimulants used to treat ADHD like Ritalin and Adderall are sometimes called ‘cognitive enhancers’ because they have been shown in a number of studies to improve attention, concentration and even certain types of memory in the short-term.” And there are a lot of college kids trying to get hold of Adderall before a big final. Or anybody in any business tries to get a hold of it. Writers do this. Writers try to find it for focus as they approach the deadline.

“Similar drugs were given to World War II soldiers to improve their ability to stay alert while scanning radars for enemy aircraft. However, a growing body of research finds that in the long run, achievement scores, grade-point averages or the likelihood of repeating a grade generally aren’t any different in kids with ADHD who take medication compared with those who don’t. … According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some 2.7 million kids were taking medication for ADHD in the U.S. as of 2007.” But it’s up to four million now. It’s higher than that now.

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