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Katie Oliveira
Summer Luchsinger
Megan Aker
Synthesis Essay Resources
Question: Is ADHD medication helping or causing children to be dependent on medication? Parent’s of children who are ADD/ADHD are faced with the decision to medicate their children or not. Arguments have been made that the medication prescribed causes abuse and further problems. The other option is medicating your child in hopes of providing focus and stability in and out of the classroom. Source A (ADHD Drug Abuse Rising Among Teens)

Source B (Misuse and abuse of ADHD medication)
Source C (Dr. Michael Anderson’s Study)
Source D (Long-term benefits of ADHD drugs in kids are uncertain) Source E (Bar Graph on Medication Progress)
Source F (Behavior drugs given to four-year-olds prompt calls for inquiry)

Source A:
ADHD Drug Abuse Rising Among Teens
Study Shows Increase in Calls to Poison Control Centers Related to ADHD Drugs .By Jennifer Warner
WebMD Health NewsReviewed by Louise Chang, MD Aug. 24, 2009 -- The abuse of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) drugs by teenagers is growing, according to a new study. Researchers found calls to poison control centers for adolescent ADHD prescription drug abuse increased out of proportion to other poison center calls in recent years, which suggests a growing problem with abuse of these stimulant drugs. The study, published in Pediatrics, tracked calls to U.S. poison control centers from 1998 to 2005 among 13- to 19-year-olds. "Calls related to teenaged victims of prescription ADHD medication abuse rose 76%, which is faster than calls for victims of substance abuse generally and teen substance abuse," write researcher Jennifer Setlik, MD, of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and colleagues. ADHD affects between 8% and 12% of children and 4% of adults worldwide, and there has been a significant increase in the sale of stimulant drugs designed to treat the condition in recent years. Overall, researchers say the...

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