Senator Rachel Siewert has called for a review of the use of ADHD medication following publication of a report from the University of Western Australia that suggests the use of stimulant medication for children not only fails to help them academically but may also harm them physically.
"We know that medication rates for children suffering from Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder have soared since the last decade, with more than 20,000 West Australians using stimulants - a prescription rate that ranks amongst the highest in the world," Senator Siewert said.
"Stimulant medication in the short-term does increase blood pressure, but of more concern is the fact that those who've had stimulant medication in the past, even if they weren't currently having it, still had blood pressure rates which were even higher.
"Health experts have urged the government to have ADHD treatment evaluated by experts without links to drug firms. And we know that the National Health and Medical Research Council have drafted a rethink of the guidelines on how ADHD should be treated.
"But consumers are going to be concerned by the findings in this new report and the Health Minister Nicola Roxon has yet to clarify the government's recommendations on ADHD," she concluded.
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