Tuesday, April 10, 2007
This was bought to my attention last night. It's so stupid that I didn't bother to blog it. One children on Ritalin is a disaster.
The minute they take that first pill? They are screwed for life!!!
There has to be a lobbylist from the Drug company pushing this one.
Their stocks must be down a little?
Here's the story-
Not enough youth prescribed Ritalin for ADHD: study
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 10, 2007 | 4:05 PM AT
Ritalin may not be prescribed enough to Atlantic Canadian youth who may need it, a new study from a researcher at Dalhousie University suggests.
The study by Dr. Christiane Poulin, an associate professor of community health and epidemiology, contradicts the widely held belief that Ritalin is being overprescribed to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children and teenagers.
Her study was made available in March in the online version of the journal Addiction. The research was funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research and the Canadian Population Health Initiative.
Using data from a 2002 survey of 12,990 adolescents in Atlantic Canada, the study found that six per cent of respondents screened positive for ADHD, but only two per cent of them had been prescribed Ritalin or amphetamines.
"There is a fairly large percentage of teenagers with ADHD who are not known to the health care system," she added.
"Contrary to popular opinion, which is that children and teenagers are largely being prescribed medications for attention deficit disorder, in fact … we found that it’s only about nine per cent of our teenagers who are positive for ADHD are on prescribed Ritalin. That is, in fact, a low rate of utilization."
Poulin's study also found many children who are using Ritalin without a prescription — usually buying it or obtaining it from friends — are at high risk of having ADHD themselves and are, in effect, self-medicating.
Governments and doctors should ask why the health care system has not identified and helped those children and youth, she suggested.
The random sample of students filled out anonymous confidential paper questionnaires for the survey.
New Brunswick Health Minister Michael Murphy said the information in Poulin's study will help youth in his province.
"The more studies there are like this, then the more able we are to treat who needs to be treated," he said.
One of Poulin's previous studies, published in 2001 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that nearly 15 per cent of teenagers gave away at least some of the Ritalin or other stimulant pills that were prescribed to them. About seven per cent of those youth sold their pills.
The P.C. INTRODUCED THE BOARDERS AND ROOMERS BILL...WILL THE LIBERALS CONTINUE THE RIGHTS FOR THE POOR???
At first, I didn’t really know how to take this one?
I attended the memorial held for Harry Havens this morning.
An individual approached me afterwards and told me the write up was great.
I thanked her.
She wasn’t talking about my blog. She told me it was in the Irving paper.
Was I confused? You darn right I was!!!
The woman told me the story I wrote in my blog was in the Irving paper?
I quickly said - You mean I made the Evil Irving newspaper????...lol
Hours later, I had a look and sure enough there it was.
The Irvings never asked me if they could used the story but that’s ok! If I would have never blogged the story? Nobody would have known and Harry’s death.
In the case? Harry just didn't became a stat!
The only part I had a problem with was the Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder Activist.
I wish they would have just wrote the word- Blogger!!! That’s ok!
It’s nice the Irvings sometime use stories from this blog.
I hope this puts an end to the copyrights issue once and for all!!!
Here’s the story-
Homeless community to honour man who refused to give up at service today
By HEATHER MCLAUGHLIN
Published Tuesday April 10th, 2007
Appeared on page A3
His name was Harry Havens.
He was 59.
The name won't mean much to the average Frederictonian.
He wasn't a prominent citizen, business leader, scholar or educator.
At one time, the Woodstock-born Havens had an ordinary life. He was the father of three children, the grandparent of two and had two brothers.
He was a man that local street-outreach volunteer Mavis Doucette remembers with affection for his gritty determination and a sense of humour.
Today at 11 a.m. at Brunswick Street Baptist Church, the city's homeless community and Havens's friends from the community clinic and the community kitchen will have a chance to say goodbye.
Havens rented a single room at a Carleton Street rooming house. He had a mattress on the floor covered by a sleeping bag, a chair, a chest of drawers and a pet cat he snuck indoors.
He moved from Woodstock because he wanted to break free of his addiction to alcohol, Doucette said.
"I don't know how many times he was in and out of detox. He just couldn't seem to overcome it. He would go for months without drinking," Doucette said.
Then he'd fall back.
Doucette once asked Havens how his life spiralled out of control.
"Driving down the road with a steering wheel in one hand and a beer bottle in another," Doucette said he told her.
She met Havens while trolling the streets to check on street people. She told Havens about the services at the community clinic.
Havens asked Doucette if she wanted to go out to dinner.
"I'll see if I can get (former YMCA street-outreach worker) Mike Ryan to take us to the soup kitchen some night," Doucette recalled Havens saying in gentlemanly fashion.
"He just had a great sense of humour."
After Havens died of kidney failure at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital, his family took him back to Woodstock for burial. A memorial service was held April 7, but even bus fare to Woodstock is beyond the reach of many of Havens's friends in the city.
"There's no closure for street people who all knew him and loved him," Doucette said. "They die and you're just supposed to forget them and step on and keep on going."
So Doucette reached out to the community for help, hoping to find a meeting room where friends could get together and pay their last respects.
Brunswick Street Baptist Church offered to help and one of its pastors will lead the service today.
While Havens had a dark side, his humanity shone through, Doucette said.
"Havens really cared for people and that got him in trouble," she recalled.
He'd feel so sorry for someone else that he'd give away what money he had. He'd then try to find odd jobs - such as pushing a shopping cart to pick fiddleheads in the spring and sell them to a local store - to earn enough to hold himself together.
A year ago, four young people mugged him and took his wallet. He ended up with a black eye, bruises and wounds. Another time he got so sick, he could barely walk.
"He'd somehow fight his way back. He was determined and stubborn," Doucette said.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder activist Charles LeBlanc wrote about Havens on his website called Oldmaison recently.
Havens lived in a room next door to LeBlanc.
"I noticed a few weeks ago he was sitting in his chair with his head down while coughing. He had a cat across from him. The room was full of smoke and Harry was coughing a lot ... At night, you could hear him coughing very hard," LeBlanc wrote on his website.
"I bet he made many prayers for God to take him away from his misery. He was in very bad shape."
Within a day of Havens' death, his room was emptied of his few worldly goods, as was his mini-fridge. The food was shared with the rest of the residents.
"I had a sick feeling in my stomach of the way it happened," LeBlanc wrote. "The room was rented hours later ... The female caretaker really felt bad."
With the room bereft of any personal belongings and the door left wide open, there was little evidence of the person who had been there just days before.
"The only thing left as a memory of Harry are his shoes in the hallway," LeBlanc wrote.
Is New Brunswick quickly changing into a China style of Government?
I'll write more on this issue tonight. I don't feel like writing.
DAN BUSSIERES SENDS QUEBEC SECURITY STAFF AGAINST CHARLES ON THE GROUND OF THE NEW BRUNSWICK LEGISLATURE!!!
WHEN THE DISCIPLES SAW HIM WALKING ON THE SEA
THEY WERE TROUBLED, SAYING, IT IS A GHOST! AND
THEY CRIED OUT FOR FEAR. BUT IMMEDIATELY JESUS
SPOKE TO THEM, SAYING, BE OF GOOD CHEER! IT IS I;
DO NOT BE AFRAID. SO HE SAID, COME. AND WHEN
PETER HAD CAME DOWN OUT OF THE BOAT HE WALKED
ON THE WATER TO GO TO JESUS. BUT HE SAW THAT
THE WIND WAS BOISTEROUS, HE WAS AFRAID; AND
BEGINNING TO SINK HE CRIED OUT SAYING "LORD SAVE
( MATTHEW 14:26,27,29 & 30 *NKJV )
Now Peter began to sink because he took his eyes
off of Jesus, and focused on the waves all around him. This
was because his faith faltered. So what did Peter do but
reach out to Jesus who was the only one that could save
him! You see Peter forgot to WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY
SIGHT. ( 2 CORINTHIANS 5:7 )
Now we may not be walking on water, but when our
troubles surround us, if we focus on them instead of placing
our faith in Jesus, we will start to sink as well!
So Charles, when you are facing difficulties and
troubles surround you; keep your eyes on Jesus' power
rather then on your problems. Also when you are
apprehensive about your troubles, and if you doubt Christ's
presence or His great ability to help; remember that He is
the only one that can really help you as well!
Now tonight why not read this story. You will find it in The
Book of Matthew, Chapter 14, verses 22-33, for wonderful
reading it truly is!
Finally Charles, WATCH, STAND FAST IN THE FAITH
BE BRAVE, BE STRONG. LET ALL YOU DO BE DONE
WITH LOVE. Amen. ( 1 CORINTHIANS 16:13 )
With My Love & Prayers,
your servant Allen
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