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“ADHD drug increase needs urgent review” says Aled Roberts

August 14, 2013 2:23 PM

Aled Roberts, Welsh Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for Children and Young People has today called on the Health Minister to investigate and review the number of prescriptions being dispensed for drugs which typically treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in young people in Wales.

Commenting, Aled Roberts said:

"I have serious concerns with the huge increase in prescribing rates in Wales and I believe this is something the Minister should investigate as a matter of urgency.

"The drug in question is Methylphenidate, a psychostimulant which can be prescribed in either the Ritalin or non-Ritalin form.

"My recent Written Question to the Minister on numbers of non-Ritalin forms of methylphenidate prescriptions issued in the last ten years showed a rise of over 45,000 - from 12,395 in 2002 to a massive 57,601 in 2012.

"The Care Quality Commission's recent report shows that a similar pattern exists in the English NHS.

"I would urge the Health Minister to investigate this increase in the prescribing of psychostimulant drugs to young children, a practice which unfortunately seems to have become the standard response to ADHD."