scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Prescription meds
Dillon, David (ddillon@SAALAW.COM
Fri Jun 23 2000 - 09:53:23 CDT
Hear hear for Auntie Beans' note about *psychotropic drugs*. I am fully
aware of the controversy about whether ADD exists, but to me, it's real. I
have it, my wife has it, and one of my three children has it. Life for us
has been crazy (pun intended) and anything but dull, and I am so thankful
that we finally were tested by knowledgeable professionals. Therapy and
medications have made a huge difference at home, work, school and play, and
helped keep our family together.
In the end, it doesn't matter one iota what any Scouter thinks about it. If
a physician has diagnosed a condition and prescribed medications, the Scout
gets the meds. To be frank, no Scouter will ever have as much information
concerning a boy's condition than the parent or physician. There is
absolutely no place for a Scouter to second guess the Scout's physician.
And most certainly a Scout should not be on a medication holiday during camp
unless the physician says so. I'm taking mine to Philmont next week, and my
son's. The crew deserves that consideration, and I owe it to myself.
ASM (Venture), Troop 33
MC, Venturing Crew 32
Longhorn District Committee