ADHD Legislation

By: Jessica Aspiras
By: Jessica Aspiras

According to the Centers for Disease Control, ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder affects about 4.5 million kids. And the most common form of treatment is prescription drugs. Here in Michigan Ritalin is widely used. Just this week, Michigan state representative David Law introduced legislation he hopes will help prevent the misdiagnosis of ADHD in kids and therefore cut back on the use of the medications.

"There are sometimes in school settings where parents are being told their child has ADHD and needs to be on Ritalin. And in not every case is that true. We want to do whatever it takes to help a child before we just go out and assume they need Ritalin."

But Dr. Marsha Rappley, a Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrician, says the legislation is unnecessary. She says there are already strict guidelines that teachers follow, so the House and Senate shouldn't worry about making it into law.

"Teachers have the obligation to have that discussion with a parent when a child is not achieving in the way one might expect from that child in a classroom setting. It's often the exception that a teacher is insistent about a medical problem."

Still Representative Law insists the legislation is needed to protect students.

"There are certain steps before you tell a parent, hey your child may need to be on Ritalin."

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