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October 1972

Appropriate Use of Psychic Drugs in School Children

Author Affiliations

Albuquerque, NM
From the Mental Development Center, University of New Mexico, Department of Pediatrics, Albuquerque, NM.

Am J Dis Child. 1972;124(4):606-607. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1972.02110160144018

There has been a growing public interest and concern over the psychopharmacologic use of drugs in school children in recent months. Not only have commentaries appeared in the lay and medical press, but in many areas concern has extended from homes and neighborhoods to school boards and the courts. At the national level this concern has involved even congress.1 That there is considerable confusion in the mind of the public is understandable. There is justifiable national concern over the widespread experimentation by youths with drugs and the regular use by some of potent drugs and chemicals as a means for psychic escape. Though undoubtedly sensationalism on the part of the press accounts for a part of the present interest over prescribed drugs, from my vantage point, it goes far beyond this. There appears to be reasonable cause for concern about overuse and improper use of these valuable agents. This