Ritalin 5 - The Dark side of a Wonder Drug-A Selected...

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The Dark side of a Wonder Drug-A Selected Collection of Testimony on the Safety of Ritalin S "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 s to mean big trouble. These days, more kids are showing up in the school t office just to get their midday dose of Ritalin. Ritalin, the drug used to treat o hyperactivity in children, is being seized on by a generation worried about h controlling inappropriate behavior. But some doctors think Ritalin is being c prescribed to children who are simply having trouble in school. The numbers p suggest they have good reason to worry. The number of prescriptions for s Ritalin increased four-fold from 1990 to 1995, making the stimulant one of R the most prescribed drugs in the country. No one knows exactly what's t behind the surge in Ritalin use, but experts speculate it's due to everything b from increased awareness of attention disorders in schools to teachers and f parents becoming less tolerant of unruly behavior. p Some local school offices have become virtual noon-time pharmacies. At one Ottawa-area board of education, the number of medications dispensed to o students by office administrators has increased 20 per cent over the past 18 s months. A good chunk of those pills are Ritalin. "We always worry that we're m a half-step away from giving someone the wrong dosage," says John Beatty, a the board's superintendent of school operations(Ritalin Boy). "In certain t school systems there's been a teacher who has seen it work and they'll start s suggesting it as an option for all children who are acting out," said Linda s Budd, a St. Paul, Minn., psychologist who has written the book Living With B the Active/Alert Child. "We've got some teachers we call "Ritalin bullies' - t he's not paying attention to me so he needs Ritalin"(Ritalin Zone). Marcia h Ruberg, a school psychologist in Cherry Hill (N.J.) School District, said the R number of children taking Ritalin varies greatly from class to class, n depending on "the teacher's belief system"(Ritalin). At some schools, d
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children as young as seven are asked to take their Ritalin themselves. The c little blue pills have become so common in school yards that some kids are l reportedly selling their spare Ritalin to friends, who take it in the hope of r getting a buzz. "Every parent wants their child to be at the top of the class," g says Dr. Andre Cote, clinical director of the Children's Mental Health s Treatment Center at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. "What we might be seeing is T that people are trying to improve their kids' performance by giving them
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This note was uploaded on 05/21/2011 for the course ACCT 101 taught by Professor All during the Spring '11 term at Kaplan University.

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Ritalin 5 - The Dark side of a Wonder Drug-A Selected...

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