Peter Hitchens on Drugging Boys
- Let us hope and pray that some good comes from the unbearable death of ten-year-old Harry Hucknall, found hanged at his Cumbria home last September. Somebody had ‘diagnosed’ this little boy with clinical depression and ‘ADHD’ and had prescribed an anti-depressant and Ritalin. The poor child had been horribly bullied at school.
His parents were separated. He had moved home 14 times. It is hardly surprising that he was unhappy. Why on earth would anyone think that drugs were the answer?
West Cumbria Coroner Ian Smith said that Harry had been given ‘two powerful, mind-altering drugs’. He urged doctors to be ‘extremely careful in prescribing such medication’. I congratulate him on his understatement.
Harry’s case became known because his cousin is a rock star. How many other tragedies like this are going unreported? We are long overdue for a proper inquiry into the prescribing of such drugs, especially to children. Let it come soon, please.