Some doctors are now prescribing Adderall to help low-achieving, low-income kids do better in school and have a better future.
One such doctor is Dr. Michael Anderson, who doesn't even believe ADHD exists. He thinks ADHD is just another name for underperforming kids in bad schools. He told the New York Times, "we've decided as a society that it's too expensive to modify the kid's environment. So we have to modify the kid."
A CA school superintendant agrees: diagnoses of ADHD have risen sharply as school funding and schools have declined.
Medicaid covers the drug costs for the low-income families interviewed by the Times. One family interviewed said their kids not only scored better grades with Adderall, they were also "feeling positive, happy, socializing more." But side effects can include growth suppression and high blood pressure, and doctors worry that children could become dependent on the medicines.
Shockingly, nearly 8% of teens are prescribed Adderall or similar drugs, and it's legal for doctors to prescribe it to kids without an ADHD diagnosis.