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Doctors condemn drug abuse to treat ADHD

In the letter, doctors rely on the data of the National Institute for Excellence in Health and Social Services (INESSS). Her measures show an increase in drug prescribing for all age groups studied between 0 and 25 years between 2006 and 2015 for treating ADHD. For example, for teenagers aged 13 to 17, the rate decreased from 3.4% to 9.9% between 2006 and 2015.

We are imperative to ask all those concerned, and not really to the whole of society, to seriously question the conscience and wonder why so many young people show symptoms of neglect, hyperactivity, impulsiveness and anxiety, to the extent that they are often treated with psychotropic drugs.

Excerpt from the open letter "ADHD and Drugs: Did We Go Far In?" "

"Troubling" data

In the letter, pediatricians also state that Quebec showed a stronger tendency over the rest of Canada to use ADHD medication. For a 10 to 12 year old Quebec, the percentage of children treated with ADHD is 13.97%, while in the rest of Canada 5.08%.

The signatories of the letter recognize the effectiveness of treatment of narcotic drugs in the short term, but not in the long run. According to them, ADHD diagnosis are the same in the rest of Canada, which shows the existence of "Quebec-specific factors".

They also complain about the fact that neglected treatment based on more psychosocial interventions and support for parents.

Writing to create a discussion

In the interview for the show Pebble in the morningValérie Labbé, a pediatrician from Lévis and a signatory of letters, would like to have a great public debate on this subject. "When we talk to each other, when we meet [entre médecins] everyone is upset by this high drug rate.

It is a necessary reflection of society as a whole instead of pointing to guilty, physician or parent on this problem.

The whole society is less tolerant [face à la turbulence des enfants] there is a social phenomenon that causes children to have difficulty with the issue, to concentrate and manage their emotions well.

Valérie Labbé, an open letter signatory

She admitted that Quebec had a tendency to overuse, but according to her, perhaps because the rest of Canada's ADHD drugs do not pay for the public health system.

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