With 2.5 million kids in the U.S. on stimulant medications like Ritalin and Adderall,
it's big news when research shows that the incidence of sudden death is 7.4 times
higher among this group (aged 7-19). Other possible factors as causes of deaths were
The hyperactive children killed by these drugs represent just the tip of the iceberg.
You can be sure that many more children are being harmed to different degrees and
in varying ways without family or physician awareness. The tragedy is compounded
by the fact that the harm could often be avoided if the youngsters were properly
examined and treated for nutritional deficiencies as well as allergic and toxic exposures.
Dr. Benedetto Vitiello, chief of child and adolescent treatment intervention at the
U.S. National Institute of Mental Health said "It rings a bell for everyone to be
more attentive and less cavalier about the use of these drugs."