PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 05, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/
-- According to the legal professionals at the Savannah-based Eichholz Law Firm
, diagnoses of mental disorders such as ADHD are on the rise among American children. The natural consequence of this is that ADHD medications are growing increasingly prevalent--but commonplace though they may be, not all of them are necessarily safe. A recent article from Food Consumer reveals some sobering facts about the harmful consequences of certain ADHD drugs. The Eichholz Law Firm has weighed in with a new statement to the press.
Food Consumer notes that, according to U.S. government data released in 2010, one in 10 American children are now diagnosed with ADHD, which stands for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. This figure marks a 22 percent increase since 2003. As the article explains, ADHD makes it difficult for kids to pay attention, and to control their impulsive behavior.
Meanwhile, the article continues, about two-third of these children take some form of prescription medication to control the effects of ADHD. According to data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, however, ADHD drugs, such as Adderall and Ritalin, can also do real damage. In fact, they were responsible for nearly 23,000 emergency room visits in 2001.
"In the last six years, ER visits due to adverse reactions to ADHD drugs have increased by 400 percent, which is a truly staggering number," comments The Eichholz Law Firm, in its new statement to the press. "Clearly, there is a problem here, and many innocent children are suffering from the unintended consequences of these powerful medications. Families that have been impacted by these results may have dangerous drug or malpractice lawsuits on their hands, and are encouraged to contact an attorney to ensure that their rights as consumers are properly upheld."
While there are doubtless instances of children being prescribed these dangerous drugs without it being fully necessary or advisable, there is also a growing trend of older individuals abusing these powerful, mind-altering drugs. "Far from being recognized for their potential health hazards, these kinds of stimulants have gained a reputation as 'cognition enhancers' among students and young professionals seeking to gain an edge," says the article from Food Consumer.
Food Consumer also notes some of the particular side effects of these drugs, which include permanent brain damage, heart attack and stroke, cancer, personality changes, hallucinations, liver damage, and suicidal impulses.
The Food Consumer article also notes a related fact, that the government is currently launching a probe into the prescription of powerful and harmful antipsychotic drugs for children. The article contends that it is "exceedingly difficult to fathom" a situation in which it would ever prove appropriate to offer these drugs to small children.
The Eichholz Law Firm is a personal injury firm located in Savannah, but serving the entire State of Georgia. The firm has taken on numerous dangerous drug and medical malpractice cases over the years. The Eichholz Law Firm is devoted to protecting consumer rights.
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