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Kids Get More ADHD Drugs, Bullied Bus Driver and Cowgirls on the Morning Zone

Today is Kids-At-Risk day on The Morning Zone:

7:07AM MDT: Host Dave Chaffin is joined by Child Advocate John Frentheway and Licensed Professional Counselor, Renee’ Hansen to discuss new information that shows the number of drugs dispensed to U.S. minors has dropped slightly over the past decade, bucking the rise in prescriptions to adults, according to a government report out last Monday. Antibiotics use fell by 14 percent, suggesting efforts to curb rampant overuse of the drugs “may be working,” researchers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) write in the journal Pediatrics. Experts say antibiotics are commonly used to treat infections caused by viruses, although they only work against bacteria. That has fueled the growth of drug-resistant superbugs. The new report also found an uptick in the use of some drugs in children, with stimulants for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, leading the pack. From 2002 to 2010, the use of ADHD drugs grew by 46 percent — or some 800,000 prescriptions a year. The top drug dispensed to adolescents was the stimulant methylphenidate, also known as Ritalin, with more than four million prescriptions filled in 2010.

8:07AM MDT: We’ll discuss the recent shocking story of the senior citizen bus driver, bullied by her school bound child passengers and, GET THIS...the New York middle school students caught on video taunting and mocking a 68-year-old school bus monitor don’t deserve to be punished, says parenting expert Jane Nelson. Everyone else in America might be calling for harsh, swift justice to be meted out by both the Greece Central School District and the parents of the kids involved. But not Nelson.

9:07AM MDT: It’s open line time. Your opportunity to be our guest in The Morning Zone to talk about what’s on your mind. Call toll free at 1-888-503-6500 or locally 307-632-6500 or 632-3323.

9:37AM MDT: Member of the Cowgirls of The West join us to talk about their Annual Brunch and Style show and their museum and getting ready for Frontier Days.

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