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Adderall Alert: Cats Can Be Attracted to, Harmed by Popular ADHD Drug

If you have a child whos taking ADHD medication, and you have a cat, you'll want to store the medication as far out of feline reach as possible. The National Animal Poison Control Center has found that the ADHD drug Adderall has become one of the most common household causes of feline poisoning:
Most poisoning cases that the ASPCA's center learns about involve dogs, [Sharon] Gwaltney-Brant says, because they're fairly indiscriminate about what theyll eat.

Not cats. Out of curiosity, they might sample a pill or capsule -- but seldom finish it, she says. As soon as they bite in and discover its bland or even objectionable flavor, they tend to walk away.

Except when it comes to Adderall XR. Cats not only bite in but readily finish every bit. [Source: Science News]
Vets don't know what makes the medication so enticing to felines, but just one 20-milligram capsule can be deadly to a curious kitten. Signs of medication poisoning include distressed meowing, anxiety, agitation, pacing and disorientation. A cat that's exhibiting these signs needs to be taken to a vet immediately.

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Report Raises Questions about Drug's Safety

Concerns have been raised in Canada about the safety of Strattera, a non-stimulant drug intended to treat symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in children. The drug was made available to the public amid praises that it was the first non-stimulant medication that had been effective in the treatment of ADHD.
"New questions are being raised about a drug used to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder amid reports more than 40 Canadian kids have attempted suicide after taking it... Health Canada said it received 189 reports of adverse reactions associated with the non-stimulant drug... Strattera, from the time it was put on the market in February 2005, to the end of last year."
University researchers and doctors are urging parents to educate themselves on possible side effects of all drugs used to treat ADHD, as some health risks are not widely publicized. Source: The London Free Press

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'Child Safe Playing Fields Act' Becomes Law in NY

Starting in 2011, toxic pesticides will be prohibited in playing fields and other green spaces used by children in New York State. The Child Safe Playing Fields Act received bipartisan support in both the State House and Senate, and will soon be signed into law by Governor Paterson.

“According to a study by the US Environmental Protection Agency, long-term exposure to pesticides may be linked to increased incidences of seizures, asthma, and some cancers. A recent study also suggests a link between pesticides and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).” [Source: Walk 97.5 Radio (Long Island)]

Assemblyman Steven Englebright said he and fellow lawmakers worked for nine years to get the measure passed, and that it was worth the effort. More than 18,000 signatures were collected to show support for the legislation.


Labels: safety, health, playtime

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