cronxeh said:I think Tom Cruise was right on this one. The host didnt know the history. Dexedrine aka Dextroamphetamine is just as dangerous as meth and given to children it will surely result in dependancy and a future of drug abuse. I dont know much about psychology but surely I know people who took meth as kids and I know where they are today and who is not here today too.
No, Cruise is not correct. If you give these drugs to a kid without ADD or ADHD, yes, they act like amphetamines. But those kids aren't supposed to be prescribed those drugs. They are intended for kids (and adults) who have a problem with neurotransmitters not properly released in their brains, and the drugs restore their function to normal. The effects of amphetamines occur through their actions on normally present receptors that respond to normally produced neurotransmitters. In a healthy person, amphetamines "overload" that system and make it respond abnormally. In a person who has a disruption of part of that system the drug acts in place of the normal neurotransmitter to restore function.
If you gave a high blood pressure medication to someone who didn't have high blood pressure, that would be dangerous too. Also, some people with mild hypertension can correct it with diet and exercise, but it doesn't mean that more severe high blood pressure or certain causes of it doesn't require medication, and it doesn't mean the medication, when prescribed properly, is a dangerous substance.