The Ethics—and Dangers—of Prescribing ADHD Meds to Kids Who Don’t Need Them

adhd meds for kids who don't need them is a bad ideaIt’s pretty widely accepted these days that too many young children—especially boys—are being diagnosed with ADHD. And it’s just as widely accepted that too many of those children are taking too much medication. Still, for the kids who truly need the medication, there are tremendous benefits. But ADHD meds are stimulants and they’re now being taken by kids who don’t have ADHD but who think taking the drugs will improve their concentration and, consequently, their GPA.

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