Your children belong to the state welfare agencies, they’re just on loan to you. From ABC NEWS:
When Chad Taylor noticed his son was apparently experiencing serious side effects from Ritalin prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, he decided to take the boy off the medication. Now, he says he may be accused of child abuse.
In February, 12-year-old Daniel began displaying some symptoms that his father suspected were related to the use of Ritalin.
“He was losing weight, wasn’t sleeping, wasn’t eating,” Taylor told ABC News affiliate KOAT-TV in New Mexico. “[He] just wasn’t Daniel.”
So Taylor took Daniel off Ritalin, against his doctor’s wishes. And though Taylor noticed Daniel was sleeping better and his appetite had returned, his teachers complained about the return of his disruptive behavior. Daniel seemed unable to sit still and was inattentive. His teachers ultimately learned that he was no longer taking Ritalin.
School officials reported Daniel’s parents to New Mexico’s Department of Children, Youth and Families.Then a detective and social worker made a home visit.
“The detective told me if I did not medicate my son, I would be arrested for child abuse and neglect,” Taylor said.There’s an old saying that when your only tool is a hammer everything looks like a nail. It’s no different with Ritalin. ADD, ADHD, and behavior problems are all multifaceted problems that require individually created and diligently applied solutions. Ritalin is the “magic pill” that the system is rigged to prefer, because it’s easy not because it’s the best solution.
Mandating that parents drug their children with Ritalin is not a new phenomenon – Overlawyered noted a similar case in July 2000 – it’s just an ominous one…