Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Report by WA politician Martin Whitely on WA's ADHD bubble in medical journal

Two quotes from a story from Western Australia's Science Network:

"A RECENT report has revealed the excessive over-prescription of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) medication that was occurring in WA throughout the 1990s and early 2000s."

"The main reason for prescribing drugs to children with ADHD is to help them learn, however, this evidence suggests the opposite is happening.” 
- Martin Whitely MLA

The recent report referred to is written by Whitely and was published in May's issue of the 
Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. PubMed claims it is "free full text" but I can't find any place where it can be obtained free, and oddly there is no mention of this piece at Whitely's own website. 

Bogle, Helena
Sudden drop in ADHD suggests ineffective prescription monitoring. 
Science Network Western Australia. 
May 31st 2012.

Whitely, Martin 
The rise and fall of ADHD child prescribing in Western Australia: Lessons and implications. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 
2012 May;46(5):400-3.

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