By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Saying no to drugs has been the mantra of many an anti-drug advocate. But most of those advocating saying no have not differentiated between medications like marijuana and drugs like Ritalin. There are drugs and then there are DRUGS. How are innocent children to know the difference?

Say No to DrugsA group of chiropractic students were having that very discussion back in 1997 and a chiropractic classmate of mine later penciled the image shown here, which depicted a school kid wearing a “Just Say No” T-shirt while stoned on antipsychotic medications (such as Ritalin or Adderall).

I was recovering data from an old 1990s hard drive and on it was the GIF image file (along with lots of other chiropractic memorabilia for my school days).

More than 10 years later I feel the image applies well, except the kid would likely be holding a cell phone or some other electronic gadget.

During the 10 years since, I’ve posted many articles on the topic of drugs. How the selling of drugs is good business, more drugs, news on those pushing drugs, an abundance of useless drugs, drugs in your mailbox, drugs direct to you, less drugs, more health for seniors, and many more.

Dozens of articles on Ritalin, articles regarding cocaine, vaccines, and deaths from drug use, also appear on the planet chiropractic web site.

In 2008 are we drugging our children like we did in 1997? Part of me is thinking no, but I suspect my opinions are biased since most of the people I see day to day, are more likely candidates for a drug-free lifestyle (excluding caffeine, alcohol, and other socially accepted recreational drug use).

If anyone has some recent research on children and the uptake of medications like cough syrup, Prozac, Ritalin, pain relievers, antibiotics, and any other drugs that may be prescribed or marketed to grade school-age kids, I’d like to view some sources.

Has consumption gone up? Has consumption gone down? Lets see some data.