Doctor Says Many Children Being Overmedicated

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

One Eastern Kentucky doctor is saying our children are being overmedicated.

Wayne Hess says his foster child was in bad shape Monday night after taking medication prescribed by a doctor.

"She talked a lot, was hyper and they gave her this medicine to calm her down. It calmed her down. She couldn't stand, couldn't eat," Hess said.

"I kept talking to her. She kept saying I can't stand," said Delia Hess.

The Hess' say their foster daughter is alright, but they're questioning the level of medication their doctor gave her. That's exactly what Dr. Neel Soares is urging for parents, healthcare providers, and other family service providers who gathered Tuesday for the 7th Annual Community Collaborations for Children Network Day.

"Too often medication becomes the quickest thing people reach for. Medicine is only a part of a bigger picture," Dr. Soares said.

A bigger picture that Soares says should include considerations like what environment the child is in.

"For example, a two and a half year old diagnosed as bi-polar, it has to be looked what sort of limits are set on that child," Dr. Soares said.

The doctor says you should monitor children prescribed medicine closely and that many times the amount their prescribed is either too little or too much.

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