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Mon, July 22

Letter: Wrong message


After talking with hundreds if not thousands of our neighbors about drugs over the past decade, it’s clear we need a new approach to this conversation. Too many fall victim to substances, legal and illegal. Commonly prescribed drugs are debilitating families and leading people to the street. Kids are over-prescribed, setting them up for a lifetime of drug consumption. Many are self-medicating and addicted.

When we consider that one in five kids are offered attention-deficit medication, we must reconsider our options. Kids don’t need pills. Kids need nutritious food, love, attention and purpose. It’s up to us to guide them.

I’ve seen healthy kids prescribed multiple medications, leading them to improper diagnoses. When they get the correct nutrition, they see their diagnoses turn around. Too many illnesses begin with inflammatory ingredients in processed foods. These illnesses lead to too many commonly prescribed drugs, and the cycle of addiction continues.

We need to back up to the root of the problem before we consider putting our kids on drugs. We must take time to cook, talk and spend time with our kids. Pain pills contain the same addictive opiate as heroin. Attention-deficit medications contain some of the same components of methamphetamine.

After 25 years of prescribing these pills, it is no wonder meth is making a comeback. If we want to break the cycle of addiction, we must start at home by addressing daily habits and starting an honest, continuing conversation about drugs.

Kathy Inman

Camp Verde

Inman is a patient advocate, community educator, and Director of MomForce AZ


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