Bad medicine: medicated minorsBMJ 2010; 341 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c3907 (Published 21 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3907
- Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
We live in a society obsessed with protecting children. From the time of conception we offer strict advice to avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs for fear of damaging the child’s development. Childhood is a period of chaotic, experimental, irresponsible, challenging, and formative thinking. And despite my years I am still captive to the emotions of my misfit childhood. I would not trade one moment of the misery and happiness of that time, for it is a mental sanctuary from the pressure cooker of adult life.
But nature’s …