Psychiatrists Say Schools Steer Parents To Over Medicate Kids
New York Times Syndicate
October 02, 2000
WASHINGTON - Psychiatric leaders warned Congress Friday that too many educators are urging parents of problem children to give them prescription drugs rather than address their real problems at home or school.
Dr. Peter R. Breggin, director of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, a nonprofit research group in Bethesda, Md., said school officials are pressing parents to give such children stimulant drugs such as Ritalin, Concerta, Metadate, Dexedrine and Adderall.
"Teachers, school psychologists and administrators commonly make dire threats about their inability to teach children without medicating them,'' Breggin told a panel of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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