The American Dream   /   Summer 2013   /    Short Takes

Youth and Prescription Drugs

he ADHD epidemic is back in the press, with new numbers on the steady rise in diagnosed cases and the increased use of stimulant medications, both with and without prescription. The worry about giving drugs to children dates back to 1970, when an article in The Washington Post set off a pubic outcry over the treatment of school children in Omaha, Nebraska, with “behavior modification” drugs, including Ritalin and Dexedrine.

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