Can CPS and school force me into giving ADHD drugs to my child?

Anna - posted on 05/15/2012 ( 8 moms have responded )




I would like to know my legal rights - can CPS and school push me into giving ADHD medicines to my son when I DO NOT want to.


Anna - posted on 05/19/2012




Thank you so much Brittany, for replying to my post.
I am working on your advice to start other routes of energy expel - outdoor activities etc.
I have heard very negative things about CPS pushing for medication - the state as well as the Psychiatrists and manufacturers of drugs make big money from kids taking these medication. So they all promote them. Although the statistics show that many children have died and have developed drug induced pschosis and other psychological conditions with these drugs.

I found out that there was a bill passed by government in 2005 barring schools from requiring hyperactive children to use drug treatments as a condition for attending classes. It'
s solely parent's decision whether to give medication to their child.

I am posting a few links below. all parents that are pushed or are convinced into drugging their children must read these and must stand up for the innocent little souls that cannot fight for themselves.
It's ironical that we look down at a drug dealer on the street and protect our children from any such a person getting around them. But give them the same drugs in the name of treatment and take them to these psychiatrists that prescribe the same drugs legally.


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Emily - posted on 03/10/2014




I am going through the same thing. My son was diagnosed for ADHD, when in reality he has something else. It's a neurological disorder that prevents him from taking in information when there is too much stimulus. The school has called CPS on us after we refused to continue giving him medication that does not work for his issue. And even though we are in the process of having him diagnosed for this new disorder, CPS and the school are unrelenting, setting up meetings and making threats. Recently, I found an article about a law that may help us both. It's called the Prohibition of manditory medication Amendment and was signed in 2004 by George Bush. It states that a child cannot be denied school or education based on the fact that the child is not being medicated. The school and cps are violating your rights as a parent by pushing or even continuously recommending you medicate. Though I agree that MY child does need some form of medication, I am hoping that quoting this amendment to the school will back them off long enough to find real and valid help for my child. Here is the link to the act if you are interested, But please note that this does not apply if your child is a danger to themselves or others. :

Jennifer - posted on 05/29/2012




You might look into the new Metronome treatment. I believe that is what my stepson used recently. He was on meds from before I met him (at age 12) until about a year ago. He now attends college and is totally med-free due to the treatment.

Kelina - posted on 05/21/2012




No I don't believe they can, but they can expel them for being disruptive. Has your son been diagnosed with ADHD? How long have you been trying alternative methods? What kind of support are you recieving?

Gale - posted on 05/21/2012




22 years ago, ADD could only be diagnose in New York, which requires many different kind of test to PROPERLY diagnose it. Now every teacher is diagnosing every single kid in their class room because they are so over crowed, and can't handle them, they are also teaching these poor kids grade levels that were 4 years advance then 10 years ago. So now we got over crowed class room we are jamming more information in these kids heads in shorter time. You wonder why only a short percentage of kids can get by with out being diagnose. They try to diagnose my nephew, lucky for him 22 years ago his dad went to New York to be diagnose. My nephew is not ADD. But the teaches keep pushing it. There nothing wrongs with medication IF your child has it, however IT IS NOT for EVERY child, there are others ways then drugs.

Tracy - posted on 05/19/2012




My daughter has ADHD. I worked very closely with the teacher to try other things, but ended up using medication. We had to try a few different ones before we found the one that worked for her, but we did and the difference is amazing. Why are you so against medication? My daughter is on concerta, but we have also had to alter behavior patterns in both of us, be up front and clear about how and when homework gets done. Schedules help, so does giving her choices and options and input into making these decisions. She also has problems in school, literally sitting still. The teachers have recognized that she just CANNOT sit in her seat, and that was ok in first grade, but third going into fourth will not be tolerated and without help we would only be punishing her for something she has no control over. And if she cannot sit there, how can she possibly retain any info and learn? I understand your feeling against meds, felt that way myself and maybe part of the problem is your being forced into this. I had the support of wonderful teachers who worked hand in hand with me. My pediatrician left the decisn up to me. Please contact me with any questions. I would be glad to help and tell you my side and what we have dealt with. just please remember your child has no control over this and needs a little help. Hope and luck to you :)

Brittany - posted on 05/16/2012




I don't believe so - but I would speak with your family doctor so maybe he/she could back up your decesion. If your having problems with ADHD, and the school is pushing for medication I would also start other routes of energy expell for him such as sports ect. this way you can tell CPS that you are trying other things for his behaviour problems and don't support the choice for medication.

However, I would like to point out - my brother was put on ADHD medication in Grade 6, he showed immense change by the end of the school year and excelled throughout the rest of Jr. High and Highschool. So it may be worth considering.

Good luck to you and your son :)

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