Big Pharma Opioid Epidemic, Part 6 ADHD Over-Diagnosis

Big Pharma Opioid Epidemic, Part 6 ADHD Over-Diagnosis

April 11th, 2016 in Society and Addiction
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Dr. Josh Kane Head Researcher at A Better Today Recovery Services and Lecturer and ASU continues this series from Big Pharma Opioid Epidemic, Part 5 – Prescription Drug Effects.

‘Jimmy Legs’ Goes Back into Hiding

After have to settle many lawsuits, GlaxoSmithKline stopped pushing its drug ReQuip, which was originally created to treat Parkinson’s disease, as a treatment for Restless Leg Syndrome.

Dr. Josh Kane Head Researcher at A Better Today Recovery Services and Lecturer at ASU explained.

“RLS went back into the woodwork in wist it came. It once again became the Jimmy Legs, something that people intermittently deal with. There was no big market for this drug, no huge consumer group saying ‘Hey! We’re going untreated,’ and that’s because RLS was never a disease to begin with.”

After some independent testing, doctors found out that Jimmy Legs was most prevalent in sexually repressed people.

“There was a simple cure – sexual activity either by yourself or with a partner [will] get rid of the Jimmy Legs. Do you think Glaxo knew that when [it] prescribed a caustic drug with severe side effects to consumers?”

Over-Diagnosis of ADHD

“We all have some knowledge or some experience with ADHD … That’s because [of] a 20-year marketing campaign the diagnosis of ADHD in the United States has skyrocketed.”

Around 15 percent of boys ages 11-17 are on prescription medication for ADHD. In the U.S, it is considered to be a medical condition with biological causes, but is it really?

“It depends on who you ask. In France, they do not consider ADHD a medical disorder with biological causes. In France, less than half a percent of their children are prescribed stimulants … for ADHD. Is the U.S somehow having some sort of epidemic that is somehow over passing France?”

ADHD is not an epidemic if it were it would be a communicable disease and it would be 15 percent everywhere, including France. It’s just not realistic that there would be that big of a gap if it was being diagnosed properly.

“A psychosocial condition, like ADHD, does not spawn out of nowhere to become a medical condition that necessitates prescriptions for 15 percent of our children in a mere 15 years.”

Changing Perception

“In France ADHD is seen as a social disorder brought on by faulty social systems, faulty education, and confused parenting. And in France, they treat ADHD with social solutions.”

Part of treating it as a social disorder is looking at the underlying issues that are causing the stress within the social context of the child, not in his or her brain.

…continue on to Big Pharma Opioid Epidemic, Part 7 –  ADHD & Amphetamine Prescriptions

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  • amandakeely 16:58h, 17 April Reply

    Definitely an interesting topic. I do feel a lot of children are prescribed these medications just because the parents or teachers do not want to handle a hyper child. My brother was put on medication but my mom took him off becuase she didn’t like how it made him like a zombiez. She told the teachers they had to deal with it. 🙂

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