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Prompted by new information on the use of psychotropic drugs to treat childhood difficulties in school, the Florida chapter of the [Citizens Commission on Human Rights] (CCHR), is hosting a seminar on ADHD with Child Education Specialist, Sharon Hillestad.

During the seminar Ms. Hillestad will cover the tests used to diagnose ADHD, alternative treatment options, the signs of a child who isnt doing well in school and how all of this can be addressed with healthy, safe methods.

Currently there are approximately 1.8 million children between the ages of 12-17 in the United States who are taking prescription psychotropic drugs, largely to treat difficulties with study.

One of the common psychostimulants used to treat [ADHD](, methylphenidate is a Schedule II drug, meaning the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified it as having a high potential for abuse. Additionally, the DEA warns that methylphenidate produces many of the same effects as cocaine. Psychotic episodes and severe psychological addiction have all been associated with methylphenidate abuse. The side effects for Ritalin (methylphenidate hcl), include nervousness, agitation, and anxiety as the top 3 listed effects, as well as psychosis. [1] [2]

For more information or to find out when the next educational briefing will be held, please call CCHR at (727) 442-8820 or visit the center at 109 N. Fort Harrison Ave, Clearwater, Florida.



[1] CCHR Alerts Parents About New Federal Statistics Showing Rates of Youth Overdose Deaths on 'ADHD' Stimulants and Benzodiazepines Are Greater Than on Cocaine

[2] Ritalin Side Effects Center


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