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Stop Over Prescribing ADHD Medication to Young Kids!

December 23, 2014

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Some doctors seem obssessd with prescribing ADHD pills to youngsters. Are we really to believe that the disorder is as rampant as the prescription numbers lead us to believe?

 

MORE than a fifth of school psychologists in England know of children under the age of six who have been prescribed ADHD drugs to treat behavioural problems despite it being against health guidelines, a study has found.

HEALTH services are being pressured into offering the mind-altering drugs to preschool children because of a lack of psychologists available to offer intervention first, one of the lead researchers said.

The study, to be published in full next year and carried out by the University College London Institute of Education and the British Psychological Society, raised concerns that diagnosing ADHD was seen as an “easy explanation” for behavioural problems which absolves families and schools of blame. It added that some educational psychologists feared there is “an increasingly prevalent view in society that people who do not fit a particular environment must have something wrong with them”. In its latest advice, independent health advisory body the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence says drug treatment is “not recommended for pre-school children with ADHD”. But 22 per cent of educational psychologists working in primary schools in England told researchers they were aware of children who were already on medication by the time they were seen by a psychologist. Vivian Hill, director of professional educational psychology training at the institute who helped conduct the research, said: “The huge cuts have meant that people really feel under pressure to offer drugs when they can’t offer long-term interventions. “It really is quite a significant threat to our children and young people. It’s a naive gesture to thinking the quick-fix solution is dealing with the problem – it’s just masking it. “Some of children are living in very difficult family situations and the behaviour is a consequence of that. “If you were to unravel the nature of the child’s behavioural problems, 9/10 times you find it is because of significant factors in the child’s life and is really irrespective of any pathological undercurrent.” She added that in many cases children who are treated by psychologists first do not need to progress to medication.

 

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Teacher Allegedly Has Cocaine Delivered to School

August 31, 2014

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I must admit that I once had running shoes I purchased online sent to my school for convenience, but I certainly never sent what this teacher is alleged to have sent:

 

A Kentucky middle school teacher has been indicted on a felony charge of prohibited acts related to a controlled substance after being accused of having her drug dealer bring cocaine to her on school property. This is why you don’t mix business and pleasure. Or schoolkids and hard drugs, whichever.

Earlier this month, Arin Staples resigned from her position at Holmes Middle School in Covington, Kentucky, after being questioned by the Drug Enforcement Agency. She could face up to five years in prison according to Kenton County Commonwealth attorney, Rob Sanders. Via USAToday:

“There are multiple instances of her obtaining cocaine … (and) receiving it from a drug dealer on school property, among other places,” Sanders said.

Apparently a security assistant at the same school was arrested and charged with drug trafficking just over a week ago, and in an e-mail to the school staff, Holmes superintendent Alvin Garrison stated the DEA talked to two other employees of the school. They have either resigned or been suspended. That’s a lot of commotion for one middle school, don’t you think?

Sanders declined to comment about the “larger drug-trafficking organization” the DEA is investigating.

“I can say it is not related to the school, (but) I can’t comment on the specifics because it is part of an ongoing federal investigation,” he said.

While Sanders did say that there are no accusations or evidence to suggest that students are involved with this, the proximity of all this illicit drug activity to a middle school is definitely worrisome.

 

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The Dangerous New Craze Adopted by Kids (Video)

January 19, 2014

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What ever happened collector cards and superhero figurines?

Parents in Rhode Island are being warned of a dangerous craze that involves middle-schoolers snorting Smarties.

According to officials in Portsmouth Middle School, the trend is a ‘widespread phenomenon’ that has been sweeping YouTube in recent years.

A search of the popular video-sharing site has revealed hundreds of clips where kids are seen crushing the beloved round candies into powder before sniffing them. 

The Smarties snorting trend is by no means a new phenomenon; some of the YouTube videos date back to at least 2007.

In one video posted in 2010, young boys are seen making lines of Smarties dust similar to cocaine and snorting the sugary powder through a rolled up dollar bill. 

The clip, which has drawn more than 12,000 views, shows the kids coughing and gasping for air as the residue fills their nasal passages and lungs.

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Robbie Williams Offers to Take Drugs With His Daughter

June 26, 2013

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This is one of many examples why most of our celebrities don’t deserve the right to be seen as legitimate rolemodels for our children:

BRITISH singer Robbie Williams would take drugs with his daughter if she ever wants “to go there”.

The 39-year-old singer and his wife Ayda Field welcomed Theodora Rose into the world in September last year.

Robbie famously battled drug addiction and alcoholism in the past, but has since become sober.

The star insists he’d dabble again if his daughter ever wanted to experiment.

“I doubt she’ll be like me. Touch wood, and follow that with a lot of love and a lot of luck, she won’t go there or have to go there,” he told Sunday Style magazine.

“If unfortunately that does happen, I’ll know what to do. Which is make sure she’s got the best drugs possible – and take them with her.”

Robbie has written a song for his young daughter, which was inspired by his substance abuse and the dark times he experienced as a result.

The former Take That star says the lyrics go into detail about his history.

“It goes, ‘Sit down, close the door I think it’s time you knew the score, why you feel weird.

“One day you’ll be told about, how Daddy let his demons out, yeah he makes them scream and shout. So what better when you’re old enough, and you’re out on your own and stuff, if you start losing hold of love it’s because…

“Your uncle sells drugs, your cousin is a cutter, your grandma is a fluffer, your grandad’s in the gutter, your mother is a nutter, you’re a mad motherf**ker.”

Robbie also revealed in the interview that his daughter is friends with Adele’s eight-month-old son Angelo.

“Her son and my daughter go on play dates. Little Peanut is on the list of potential suitors for Teddy,” he smiled.

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A Frightening Look at the Effects of Drugs (Pics)

January 13, 2013

Impressionable teens would benefit from studying these photos closely.

blondeThis pretty blonde’s face is transformed in just a year and a half

desperateThis user appears desperate and scared in the second mug shot, taken 2.5 years after the one of the left

tragicThis woman turns from fresh faced and attractive to gaunt and haggard thanks to drugs

fastIt takes this drug user just four months for his face to show the signs of addiction

skinnyThis man looks gaunt and sick after four years of taking hard drugs

sadA healthy-looking young woman looks decidedly worse in just eight months

scabsIn just six months, this woman develops large scabs on her face and looks like she is about to cry

no chanceThis man appears together in the left image but years of drugs have taken their toll on his face, right

shameThis woman looks happy and healthy in her first image but two and a half years on she looks decades older

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Trick, Treat or Cocaine?

November 2, 2012

This is why I wrote a post on safety tips during Halloween:

A man has been charged with possession of class-A drugs after children out trick-or-treating for Halloween were given bags of cocaine.

Snap bags containing the white powder were handed to youngsters taking part in traditional Halloween fun in Royton, Greater Manchester, at around 7.50pm on Wednesday evening.

The bags were taken to police and examined and confirmed to contain cocaine.

Donald Junior Green, 23, has been charged with possession of class-A drugs and is due before Oldham magistrates’ court on Friday morning.

A 21-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession of class-A drugs and was later released without charge.

Superintendent Catherine Hankinson, of Greater Manchester police, said: “The parents and police acted quickly when this report was made, in the interests of public safety.

“We understand this to be an isolated incident.”

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School Nurse Arrested for Stealing Students’ ADD Pills

October 26, 2012

The last person you would expect to tamper with the students’ pills:

Dallas school nurse Rebecca Baily-Long is on paid administrative leave after allegedly stealing prescription drugs from students.

Bailey-Long is accused of risking the health of young students by replacing a K.B. Polk Vanguard Elementary School student’s Ritalin, prescribed for attention-deficit disorder, with prescription painkiller Tramadol, according to The Dallas Morning News. She also allegedly stole unknown pills from another student, WFAA reports.

The incident came to light when a nurse filling in for Bailey-Long said the girl, identified by CBS Dallas-Fort Worth as Natalie, had run out of pills. Mother Ruby found it odd since she had supplied the school with months worth of the drug just one month prior. A family member had also pointed out that the girl was acting oddly, until the discovery that some of the pills at the school had been replaced with others.

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Doctors Treating our Children Like Lab Rats

September 2, 2012

It’s bad enough that doctors are over prescribing medications to young children, to read that they are also prescribing them drugs that are intended for adults makes me extremely angry. How do we allow doctors to prescribe any drug until extensive research has been conducted:

Children are being prescribed unlicensed medicines that could be causing harm, a report has warned.

The Government study is demanding an urgent investigation into  the ‘unacceptable’ fact that almost a third of drugs given to sick children are officially approved for only adult use.

It warns of ‘a high number of drug errors’ in which children may be wrongly prescribed too much of a medicine because the doses are meant for adults.

Historically, pharmaceutical companies have not had an obligation  to test medicines on youngsters. The law changed in 2007 and new drugs coming to market must now be tested on children before they can be used on them.

But this still means about 30 per cent of drugs prescribed to under-18s – and up to 95 per cent of drugs given to babies in intensive care – have never been tested on children.

It’s one of modern days big tragedies that doctors seem to be in bed with the big pharmaceutical companies.

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A Mother’s Punishment For Her Pot Smoking Son (Video)

August 28, 2012

Good on April Mathison for doing her best to get her son on the right track:

“Smoked Pot, got caught. Don’t I look cool? Not.”

That’s what was written on the sandwich board-style sign that Brandon Mathison, 13, wore as he walked back and forth along an intersection in South Carolina, Wave3.com reports.

“Time outs and taking things away just doesn’t work any more. Sometimes a little public humility is what they need nowadays to get a point across,” the boy’s mother, April Mathison, told the news outlet.

Mathison said that if the display prevents even one child from thinking about smoking marijuana, then she will feel she has done her job as a parent. But she’s not the only parent to use the tactic on her child.

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Civil Liberty vs Saving Lives

August 9, 2012

There is a debate going around about whether or not schools have the right to drug test its students. The civil libertarians believe such a measure is an invasion of privacy, whilst school administrators believe it will send a very important anti-drug message to its students. I know which side I think better represents the needs and welfare of our children (and it isn’t the civil libertarian one).

As part of a new policy, The Southport School (TSS) will collect saliva and urine samples from students at the start of each term.

The Southport School is planning to introduce drug testing on students at the start of each term to eliminate weekend and holiday drug use.

AMA federal president Steve Hambleton says saliva tests are used by Victorian traffic police and at mine sites.

“It’s a very effective policy to actually say we are a drug-free workplace and safety goes up,” he said.

“I’m sure in schools if we can keep those risk of drugs entering the school away, certainly even on times that children are not at school it affects their behaviour, it affects their learning, it affects other children at the school, so it’s probably a role that the school’s happy to step into.”

Dr Hambleton says parents and schools need to work together to tackle student drug use.

He says the drug testing could help promote the school’s image.

The Queensland Council for Civil Liberties says it has serious concerns about the policy.

President Michael Cope says The Southport School is acting well outside its duty of care.

“Because it’s random. It’s a breach of their rights to due process,” he said.

“People shouldn’t be subject to tests like this unless there’s some suspicion they’ve done something wrong.

“It will mean a lot of innocent people will be forced to go through this examination.”

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