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In November, 2000, the Texas State Board of Education convened hearings
regarding the legitimacy of ADHD as a medical diagnosis, one teachers are
called upon to make, and of it’s treatment, usually with Ritalin and other
amphetamines, considered by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the
International Narcotics Control Board to be addictive and dangerous and to
warrant their Schedule II, controlled substance designation. Hearing from
medical experts, including Dr. William B. Carey of the U. of Pennsylvania
and myself that there was no scientific evidence that ADHD is a validated
disease with a confirming, demonstrable (diagnostic) physical or chemical
abnormality, they passed the following anti-labeling, anti-drugging resolution, much as
had been done just a year earlier by the Colorado State Board of Education.

The Texas State Board of Education Resolution, passed 11/3/00 reads:


  WHEREAS, The mission of the public education system of this
  state is to ensure that all Texas children have access to a quality
  education that enables them to achieve their potential and fully
  participate now and in the future in the social, economic, and
  educational opportunities of our state and nation; and

  WHEREAS, The State Board of Education envisions in its long-range
  plan for public education a system of public education that is based on the
  fundamental principles that all students can learn, and all educators can
  develop the knowledge and expertise to implement programs that ensure all
  students can learn; and

  WHEREAS, the Texas State Board of Education dedicates itself to
  improving the academic achievement of all students; and

  WHEREAS, the responsibility of school personnel is to ensure
  student achievement; and

  WHEREAS, only medical personnel can recommend the use of
  prescribed medication; and

  WHEREAS, a Consensus Development Panel conducted in
  November 1998 by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to
  resolve controversies surrounding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity
  Disorder (ADHD) reported that: "there is no valid independent test
  for ADHD...further research is necessary to firmly establish ADHD
  as a brain disorder...additional efforts to validate the disorder are
  needed"; and

  WHEREAS, the NIH Consensus Development Panel reported that
  stimulant drugs such as methylphenidate (Ritalin) result in "little
  improvement in academic or social skills," and

  WHEREAS, there are documented incidences of highly negative
  consequences in which psychiatric prescription drugs have been
  utilized for what are essentially problems of discipline which may be
  related to lack of academic success; and

  WHEREAS, up to one million school-age children in Texas are
  taking psychiatric drugs, and

  WHEREAS, the Texas State Board of Education recognizes that
  there is much concern regarding the issue of diagnosis and
  medication and their impact on student achievement; and

  WHEREAS, in its long-range plan for public education, the State
  Board of Education challenges students, parents and families, educators,
  and community leaders to participate actively in making their schools safe
  learning environments; and

  WHEREAS, this plan further states that ensuring safety for Texas public
  education will take nothing short of a coordinated effort by the state and
  each community to keep violence, prevent the abuse of prescription and
  illicit drugs, and disruptive behavior out of schools; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That the State Board of Education does hereby urge
  all local school district boards of trustees and superintendents to
  become aware of and concerned about the use of psychotropic
  drugs in their schools, and to determine the extent to which such
  drugs are in use in their schools, and the current processes by
  which such drugs are being prescribed for the students; and be it

  RESOLVED, That the State Board of Education encourage local
  boards and superintendents to require local school personnel to use
  proven academic and/or management solutions to resolve behavior,
  attention, and learning difficulties. The State Board of Education
  suggests that programs such as tutoring, vision testing, phonics,
  nutritional guidance, medical examinations, allergy testing, standard
  disciplinary procedures, and other remedies known to be effective
  and harmless, be recommended to parents as their options; and be
  it further

  RESOLVED, That the State Board of Education urge local school
  personnel to respect the exclusive authority of physicians to make
  psychiatric diagnoses of behavioral problems, recommend
  psychiatric screening for specific behavioral problems, and suggest
  the use of psychiatric medication for a student; and be it further

  RESOLVED, That the State Board of Education recommend that
  each local school district implement a special policy with regard to
  storing and distribution of psychoactive drugs; and be it further

  RESOLVED, That the State Board of Education urges local school
  boards to adopt and implement a policy that requires prescription
  medications dispensed on school property be administered by a
  medical practitioner licensed by the state to dispense medication;
  and be it further

  RESOLVED, That the State Board of Education encourages
  greater communication and education among parents, educators,
  and medical professionals about the effects of psychotropic drugs
  on student achievement and our ability to provide a safe and civil
  learning environment.

  WITNESS our signatures this third day of November, two
  thousand, in Austin, Texas.

  Chase Untermeyer, Chair
  Rosie Collins Sorrells, Ed.D., Secretary

Their resolution incurred the ire of the Texas Medical Board, particularly of
psychiatrists, pediatricians and family practitioners within that group—the
specialties that most often ‘diagnose’ and ‘treat’ the never-validated ADHD and
the other disruptive behavior disorders (DBD)—conduct (CD) and oppositional
defiant disorders (ODD), which, like ADHD are usually treated with these same
addictive dangerous drugs, and, which like ADHD have never been validated as
bona fide diseases—abnormalities within the child.

To view Letter of Objection, Texas Medical Association to the Texas State Board of
Education, 12/29/00: Click Here

To view Letter from F.A. Baughman Jr., MD replying to the Texas Medical Association,
1/21/01: Click Here

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