Los Angeles Times
August 20, 2007
Pencils, pens, meds
As kids head to class, pharmaceutical companies ramp up their drug marketing
Back-to-school season is in full swing. Time to pick out a backpack, sneakers and a stimulant medication for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Nearly 2 million children in the United States are diagnosed with ADHD...
Besides time off from school, many kids with ADHD get a summer "vacation" from the prescription medications...
Children in the U.S. are 10 times more likely to take a stimulant medication for ADHD than are kids in Europe.
The U.S., ...consumes about 85% of the stimulants manufactured for ADHD.