A New Mexico father who took his son off Ritalin was investigated for child abuse and neglect. ABC News reports:
When Chad Taylor noticed his son was apparently experiencing serious side effects from Ritalin prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, he decided to take the boy off the medication. Now, he says he may be accused of child abuse.
When he stopped taking Ritalin, 12-year-old Daniel began eating and sleeping better, but behaving worse in class.
School officials reported Daniel’s parents to New Mexico’s Department of Children, Youth and Families.Then a detective and social worker made a home visit.
“The detective told me if I did not medicate my son, I would be arrested for child abuse and neglect,” Taylor said.
. . . John Francis, a detective for the Rio Rancho Department of Public Safety, said that Taylor was not threatened but told KOAT-TV that parents could be charged in situations like his.
Whether the benefits of Ritalin are worth the side-effects is a judgment call that should be made by parents.