Well­ness Arti­cles

Behav­ioral Drugs Dis­cour­aged by Col­orado Board of Edu­ca­tion

The Col­orado Board of Edu­ca­tion passes a res­o­lu­tion dis­cour­ag­ing teach­ers from rec­om­mend­ing behav­ioral drugs such as Ritalin.” This head­line was from a story reported in the New York Times in the Novem­ber 25th, 1999 edi­tion. This res­o­lu­tion is the first of its kind in the US and although it car­ries no legal weight it does send a strong mes­sage that teach­ers and other school per­son­nel should use dis­ci­pline and instruc­tion instead of drugs to over­come behav­ioral prob­lems in the classroom.

The arti­cle reported that pro­po­nents of the res­o­lu­tion were moti­vated by evi­dence that sug­gests that dozens of vio­lent crimes, includ­ing the mas­sacre at Columbine High School in Lit­tle­ton Col­orado, had been com­mit­ted by young stu­dents who were on these psy­chotropic drugs. Brenda Wel­burn, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the National Asso­ci­a­tion of State Boards of Edu­ca­tion said, “I agree that too often the first answer for chil­dren with some behav­ioral prob­lem is to reach for med­ica­tion. Some of the num­bers we are see­ing for med­ica­tion of chil­dren are staggering.”

Some of those sta­tis­tics include the fact that by 1996 chil­dren in the United States were con­sum­ing 90 per­cent of the Ritalin in the world. This num­ber is even more dra­matic with the fact that between 10 and 12 per­cent of all school­boys were tak­ing this addic­tive drug.

The Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tors Asso­ci­a­tion responded with a let­ter of sup­port to the Col­orado Board of Edu­ca­tion by Pres­i­dent Robert Hoff­man, D.C.. The open­ing of the let­ter set the tone, “The Inter­na­tional Chi­ro­prac­tors Asso­ci­a­tion sup­ports your recent action and urges the Col­orado State Board of Edu­ca­tion to stand by its coura­geous and urgently needed call to action. Our nation is awash in chem­i­cals with far too lit­tle thought or atten­tion given to the long-​term impli­ca­tions of the mass admin­is­tra­tion of very pow­er­ful drugs.”

Ran­dom Article

In the Feb­ru­ary 11, 2002 issue of the Archives of Inter­nal Med­i­cine comes an arti­cle on a study per­formed to see if there is

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