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Old November 3, 2013, 08:44 PM   #1
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Meds and Firearm purchases

My son has a learning disability and takes Adderall to help him concentrate in school. Adderall is an amphetamine. Will this hinder his ability to own or purchase firearms in the future? It's a moot point really because given the option of buying/owning guns vs. succeeding in school, well, it's really not an option now is it? I was just curious. His doctor couldn't tell me because he isn't in to guns and has never had someone ask him before.
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Old November 3, 2013, 09:42 PM   #2
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They only ask about illegal drugs when purchasing a gun. I'd assume your son gets a prescription from his doctor, correct? Nothing to worry about.
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Old November 3, 2013, 10:00 PM   #3
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Awesome. Thanks
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Old November 3, 2013, 10:03 PM   #4
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And yes, his meds are prescribed by his doctor.
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Old November 3, 2013, 10:18 PM   #5
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For now it isn't an issue at all. With the increased attention given to some of the recent school shootings and mental health issues something like that could be a cause for concern in the future.

I taught for 30 years before retiring, and my son took ritilin for a while for the same reasons so I know what you are dealing with. Good luck with your son and watch future legislation about this so you can be informed.
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Old November 4, 2013, 12:07 AM   #6
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I dont't know anything about your son, or his condition, so feel free to tell me i don't know my butt from a hole in the ground. When my youngest son was in the 3rd grade, one of his teachers and the school nurse tried to have him put on an ADD drug. I refused, and the issue went all the way to the school board. 8yr old boys can be a little hyper and onry. They would rather pick their nose, and have bugger races on the desk than learn math and english. Some teachers would rather dope them up, so they just sit in the chair and drool, than have to do their job. And doctors will gladly write the prescriptions. I'm happy to report that he was never drugged, and is now a happy, healthy Freshman in high school with a 3.0 GPA, and my best shootin buddy. And yes, keep an eye on future legislation. As jmr40 said, with the school shootings, and young adults involved, i'm sure its something that is being discussed.....
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Old November 4, 2013, 12:31 AM   #7
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When my youngest son was in the 3rd grade, one of his teachers and the school nurse tried to have him put on an ADD drug. I refused, and the issue went all the way to the school board. 8yr old boys can be a little hyper and onry. They would rather pick their nose, and have bugger races on the desk than learn math and english. Some teachers would rather dope them up, so they just sit in the chair and drool, than do their job. And doctors will gladly write the prescriptions. I'm happy to report that he was never drugged, and is now a happy, healthy Freshman in high school with a 3.0 GPA.
THIS. BTDT.

Don't let them drug your kid, and don't let them get shunted into "special ed", or "Title" or whatever. The school gets paid more money in State Aid for students in special programs, including those, as well as "Free/Reduced Lunch", or anything else that can be made into a label to slap on your kid and justify why he did not test well ..... when all he really needs is a good reason to sit down and do his homework .....
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Old November 4, 2013, 01:00 PM   #8
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Yes, these drugs are sometimes overprescribed. That said, ADHD is a real medical condition, and some kids (and adults) benefit greatly from them. The key is correct diagnosis, which shouldn't be made by a family doctor without confirmation, preferably by proper testing by a specialist: a psychologist who specializes in the area. Apart from the possibility of prescribing such drugs to people who don't need them, it can also be hard to differentiate ADHD from other conditions such as bipolar disorder.

That said, "To drug or not to drug" isn't the subject of this thread, and the OP's question has been answered.
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