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Feb. 28th: KSLA News 12 Medicated Kids Editorial

Not long ago, no one ever heard of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD.

Now, it seems the disease, or at least the diagnosis of it, is everywhere. A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control shows Louisiana having among the highest percentage of children aged 4 to 17 taking medication for ADHD. 

One physician made headlines when he said he routinely prescribes ADHD medication for kids from low-income families who are struggling in school.

Which begs the question, are states like Louisiana failing to modify the source of the problem and instead modifying kids with drugs? 

Sometimes ADHD medication is the right thing to prescribe, but sometimes it just masks an underlying problem such as a reading disorder, learning problem or terrible school or home environment.
There's no easy solution, but the CDC statistic should be a wake-up call for parents and doctors. 

I'm James Smith.

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