A Critique of “Are You Kids Little Addicts?” by Kim Painter
The taking of drugs has reached a high level in the USA. As a result, the whole society is bringing into light this subject and especially the taking of sleeping pills by children and adolescents. Kim Painter, a freelance journalist of the New York Magazine and USA Today, expresses her view about this topic. She argues against statistics she considers shocking that claim a questionable high rate of children and adolescents taking sleeping pills by prescription. She refers to statistical evidence that counter-argue them. In addition, she supports her belief with different opinions of experts in the field.
She even refutes giving sleeping pills to children suffering from insomnia, a sleep disorder. Her approach is fairly convincing because avoiding the use of these pills will prevent children from many of their negative consequences. Moreover, according to many experts there are many alternative solutions such as behavior-changing techniques and antidepressants whose side-effects are known.
After further investigation, Kim Painter realizes that according to Thomas Anders, a researcher in pediatric sleep disorders at the UC-Davis MIND Institute, doctors never prescribe sleeping pills to juvenile insomnia patients. Instead, specialists recommend behavior-changing techniques since insomnia is a learned behavior that can be unlearned. Furthermore, Judith Owens, a sleep specialist at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, even thinks that those techniques should be used even though medications are being consumed simultaneously. She also says more recent medications should be created to become an alternative especially for children suffering from disabilities. Besides, she emphasizes on the fact that many of the children may be taking sleeping pills just because they encounter temporary sleep disorders during long trips. As a result, insomnia and other sleep disorders are not necessarily treated by...