A drug cautionary tale even a child can understand
Article in Rochester Post Bulletin by Matthew Stolle
Apr 15, 2017
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"Valerie Valentine Visits Vincent Vampire" is a children's book that deals with a deadly serious subject: The danger of children overdosing on drugs.
With more than two decades of classroom experience, Kaye Case, the book's author, said her children's book was written to remind children of the importance of reading warning labels.
Both as a classroom teacher in Rochester schools and at the children's psych department at Mayo Clinic's Generose Building, Case often saw how our society's reliance on pills and medication could have a detrimental impact on children.
Case said some of the vulnerable children she encountered had been abused and had a legitimate need for the medication they took. But the drugs could create their own problems, leading to dependence and overdoses.
As a classroom teacher, it was common to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) with Adderall. But while the medication might be right for the child, sometimes the dosages weren't. Or the dosages weren't always regulated and monitored like they should have been, she said.