The latest area of controversy focuses on the proposed revision of the definition "behavioral addiction disorder" extending the addiction diagnosis to include drug, alcohol and gambling.  It is estimated that the change would expand the number of people labeled as "addicts" by 20 to 30 million who would be entitled to treatment and disability payments costing taxpayers many hundreds of millions of dollars.

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"Consumer protection laws were enacted to regulate product safety and advertising aimed at children… the “best interests of the child” became a touchstone for legal reform. But the 20th century  [ ] witnessed a momentous shift, one that would ultimately threaten the welfare of children: the rise of the for-profit corporation."

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October 18, 2002. Pediatric Drug Tests_CNN / NYT Editorial Children are increasingly being exploited for profit by the biomedical industry. Between 1983 and 1997, children had been protected from medical experiments that are not in their best interest. But in 1997 Congress passed the FDA Modernization Act (FDAMA), providing a six-month extension on patent exclusivity…

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<p> British Scientist Casts Doubt on ADHD-Ritalin equation </p> <p> Tue, 22 Jul 2003 </p> <p> “Parenting is not a democracy. You need to give your child what they want – love and attention – but on your terms, not theirs.” </p> <p> A British behavioral expert not only casts doubt on the ADHD “disorder”…

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Drugging Our Kids – New American Mon, 25 Aug 2003 A powerful article in the current New American holds a mirror to the irresponsible medical involvement of school officials and what has become common practice of forcing children to swallow psychotropic drugs. “Despite the dangers posed by drugs such as Ritalin, some schools are threatening…

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