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Monday, November 23, 2009

turning the idea of "self-medicating" on its head

I have a story in yesterday's New York Times about doctors prescribing medical marijuana for adolescents with ADHD.

The advocates' view is that marijuana is medicine -- that it relieves suffering and should be allowed for a wide range of maladies, physical and mental. What I found from extensive reporting, however, is that the known issues with the drug, particularly the heightened risk of dependency among teens and people with ADHD, outweigh the immediate benefits.

There's gotta be something better....