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Report cautions against providing healthy children and teens with attention-boosting drugs
Report cautions against providing healthy children and teens with attention-boosting drugs

(March 14, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Connecticut – A position paper published in Neurology cautions against prescribing attention-boosting drugs for healthy children and teenagers. Researchers reviewed several years worth of available research, after determining a growing trend in which parents and teens request ADHD drugs for their children to boost test scores, even though these children do not meet criteria for the medication. Researchers point to several reasons to deter this practice:
    -Emotional abilities are still developing in children
    -Risks of developing medication dependency
    -Lack of evidence examining long term use of neuroenhancements in children
    -Doctor-patient trust may be compromised

 
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