Monday, May 21, 2018

Ritalin, School Shootings, Ignorance - Col North You are wrong. So wrong.

Dear Col North,
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I salute you and your service. I'm a 10 year veteran of the USAF.

Most respectfully, YOU ARE WRONG to link adhd treatment with school shootings.  Video HERE  

Early antisocial behavior IS linked to such shootings.  

 P.S. Please dont blame mental illness tomorrow. Serious mental illness only accounts for 3% of shootings.

Childhood ADHD is  associated with adolescent and adulthood arrests (RR: 2.2, 95% CI: 1.3-3.5), convictions (RR: 3.3, 95% CI: 2.1-5.2) and incarcerations (RR: 2.9, 95% CI: 1.9-4.3).

BUT ADHD  treatment reduces rates of criminality, and substance abuse. Perhaps the unnamed kids you are referencing were inadequately treated? Perhaps they were non-compliant?

You, the NRA, and good law-abiding Americans risk credibility and good-will when you squawk falsehoods.

I assume that you are not yet informed. I do not expect that you would spread fear of treatment among good people, as to do so would perpetuate  the very problems you claim to oppose. 

Please call me with questions. 

Most Respectfully,

Dr Josh

Want data? More here 

Criminality and ADHD

Treatment Effect