Effect of ADHD Drugs May Be Related to Cocaine Use
Posted May 22 2009 11:54pm
In an article today in Medical News findings were described that can't be ignored. Even if they turn out to not be important, more research must be effected in order to determine their impact on the brains of our children.
Don't let a system that is not using all the resources at its disposal - a system that appears to be seeking easy solutions for the many children that are being diagnosed with ADHD - oblige us to use drugs with our children whose side effects have not been thoroughly tested.
Here's a portion of the article:
Investigators funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) have shown that the medication methylphenidate ( Ritalin ), which is commonly prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder ( ADHD ), can cause physical changes in neurons in reward regions of mouse brains; in some cases, these effects overlapped with those of cocaine. Both methylphenidate and cocaine are in the class of drugs known as psychostimulants. While methylphenidate is widely prescribed, this study highlights the need for more research into its long-term effects on the brain. These research findings will be published February 3 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.