Shortages of ADHD Drugs Felt in Classrooms
[Source: Education Week]
As a shortage of the stimulant medications used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder continues into its second year, educators, doctors, and parents of children with the disorder have been struggling to manage the effects of an unpredictable drug supply on children’s behavior and performance in the classroom.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta, estimates that more than 7.5 percent—or 5.4 million—of the nation’s school-age children have ADHD. The condition is characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity—behavior that can interfere with learning.
According to the CDC, 2.7 million of those children had prescriptions for stimulant drugs as of 2007, treatment that helps control their behaviors.
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