The Dark Side Of A Wonder Drug-A Selected Collection Of Testimony On The Safety Of Ritalin


The Dark side of a Wonder Drug-A Selected Collection of Testimony on the Safety
"We give our children every day, yet we punish adults for taking speed,"
stated a concerned parent(Ritalin Zone). A trip to the principal's office used
to mean big trouble. These days, more kids are showing up in the school office
just to get their midday dose of Ritalin. Ritalin, the drug used to treat
hyperactivity in children, is being seized on by a generation worried about
controlling inappropriate behavior. But some doctors think Ritalin is being
prescribed to children who are simply having trouble in school. The numbers
suggest they have good reason to worry. The number of prescriptions for ...

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office administrators has increased 20 per cent over the past 18 months. A
good chunk of those pills are Ritalin. "We always worry that we're a half-step
away from giving someone the wrong dosage," says John Beatty, the board's
superintendent of school operations(Ritalin Boy). "In certain school systems
there's been a teacher who has seen it work and they'll start suggesting it as
an option for all children who are acting out," said Linda Budd, a St. Paul,
Minn., psychologist who has written the book Living With the Active/Alert Child.
"We've got some teachers we call "Ritalin bullies' - he's not paying attention
to me so he needs Ritalin"(Ritalin Zone). Marcia Ruberg, a school psychologist
in Cherry Hill (N.J.) School District, said the number of children taking
Ritalin varies greatly from class to class, depending on "the teacher's belief
system"(Ritalin). At some schools, children as young as seven are asked to take
their Ritalin themselves. The little blue pills have become ...

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concentrate,
who is having trouble in school and you're drugging him instead of saying what
can we do to attend to the child's needs"(Discover Ritalin). Lawrence H Diller
MD, agrees with Dr. Breggin by saying, "It is easier to medicate a child than
work with a dysfunctional family, decrease the size of a large classroom or
increase funding for special education"(Wonder Drug). Part of the problem is
that while the experts stress that any child who may have an attention disorder
should be thoroughly assessed to rule out other problems, it can take months,
even a year or more, to get a referral to a specialist. "When the mother goes
and sees the family physician and says, "The teacher ...

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