America's children consume over three times as many Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Psychiatric drugs than the rest of the world's children combined, according to data collected by Scientific American. The book Over Medicating Our Youth: The Public Awareness Guide
for ADD and Psychiatric Medications provides physicians, parents, and educators the knowledge they need to make informed decisions regarding the use of stimulant and psychiatric medications in children. During the last fifteen years the greatest percent increase of drug consumption and death due to adverse effects was in the child population, age 4 - 18. These are statistics that jeopardize the health and well being of our next generation if not immediately addressed. The prescribing of stimulant and psychiatric medications in children prior to ruling out nutritional, physiological, and environmental causation to their behavioral conditions must be reformed.
The mission of the Coalition Against Overmedicating Our Youth is to provide free medication consultations as well as bio-assessment recommendations for children with behavioral symptoms prior to drug therapy. Additionally, the Coalition provides safe and effective medication monitoring protocols for children requiring drug therapy.