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CHICAGO (AP) -- Children on medicine for attention deficit disorder scored higher on academic tests than their unmedicated peers in the first large, long-term study suggesting this kind of benefit from the widely used drugs.
The nationally representative study involved nearly 600 children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder followed from kindergarten through fifth grade.
Children's scores on several standardized math and reading tests taken during those years were examined. Compared with unmedicated kids, average scores for medicated children were almost three points higher in math and more than five points higher in reading. The difference amounts to about three months ahead in reading and two months in math, the researchers said.
This bid to further medicate our children is dispicable. There is no way that they can possible believe that medication will help children be smarter. I have 4 children none of whom are on any perscriptions, but yet all of them score higher than all of their classmates on standardized tests. There are several children in their classes that are currently on ADHD drugs, so why are they not the top of the class if this study is real.
I personally feel that this is a grab by the phama companies to make more money in a dying economy. Take this drug Jimmy, it will make you smarter. I don't think so. I hate that they want to drug our children and control their state of mind through drugs.
I though drugs were bad. Maybe that is only if you don't buy them for "mental" adjustments.
Just say no?