Adderall for healthy low-income kids?

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A difficult to read article published in the New York Times about the increasing prevalence of prescribing ADHD medications to low-income healthy children.

What do you think? Should drugs be prescribed to healthy  low-income patients in elementary school to help them improve their performance? Read on...


  1. Linda's avatar
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    The behavior of this Dr. has become all to common. It's time that the real work begins in the school enviroment. Every school should have in place a program that is tried before medication is given. Extra time for test, a proven behavioral program for all kids to follow, teaching children good time managment skills, teaching children how to use a homework calander. There are so many things a school can and should be doing before recommending the child a doctor for medication.
  2. George Patrin's avatar
    George Patrin
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    I have encountered this attitude before. It is absolutely wrong to give a medication without doing the workup. Dr. Anderson is doing no one any favors but himself in prescribing meds first, "for the school system...modifying the kid." The children may very well have AD(H)D, as the disorder is inherited, often, and may be more prevalent in the low socioeconomic population. But it is improper to treat the child for the teacher...rather, treat the child so they can "learn how to learn." This is enabling dysfunction, Dr. Anderson, and is one reason why drug companies are so profitable and primary care has given away control of our practices in this country! Don't prescribe the med if you don't want to do the work-up and prescribe the whole program, which includes environmental adjustments with teacher education.
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