Jim Byard's Health Beat
Neurologists Say Healthy Kids Shouldn't Get Prescriptions

3/15/2013

The American Academy of Neurology is warning doctors to stop prescribing ADHD drugs to healthy kids so they can do better in school.In the latest issue of the journal "Neurology," the group of neurologists and bioethicists say the expanding practice goes against a physician's responsibility to protect children against pressure from parents or peers. The group says the growing use of so-called "study drugs" before tests is not in the kids' best interests, and might risk affecting their long-term health and safety.


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