Bill Fox (WmPFox@AOL.COM)
Sat, 9 Mar 1996 14:04:08 -0500
In a message dated 96-03-07 22:45:54 EST, you write:
>In a message dated 96-03-06 15:11:39 EST, George Grosik:
>>we currently have 3 boys in our troop that are on the drug
>>known as Riddalin (spelling may be off).
>>From my work as a child welfare social worker, I know that there are many
>are concerned as to whether A) Ritalin is overprescribed or not, B) whether
>or not Ritalin is effective in an hyperactive individual after puberty and,
>C) Some reports of renal damage over long-term use.
>My concern in George's letter, however, deal with the description of the
>behavior of some of the Scouts in George's troop. To assume that Ritalin is
>going to magically correct oppositional behavior is short sighted. Ritalin
>USUALLY used for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (although I
>understand there has been some use to try to address Depression). If the
>behavior is oppositional, that is a differant condition. While we sometimes
>see them appear together, I have yet to see a doctor prescribe Ritalin for
>oppositional behavior without ADHD.
>For a youth who is sufering both sever ADHD and severely oppositional
>behavior, your ADULT LEADERSHIP may consider confering with your council's
>Scouting for the Handicapped for there insight, and if ABSOLUTELY necessary,
>for provision of a specialized troop.
>This will, justifiably, make folks skittish, it makes me skittish. After
>this is a drastic and painful measure. The kind of behaviors that George has
>described, however, are more disturbing.
>Good Luck and Good Scouting,
>I used to be a Beaver
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City