Around 660,000 prescriptions for Ritalin
are dished out annually in Britain to treat childhood ADHD.
Several recent surveys show a growing number of high school and college students in this country are taking prescription drugs like Ritalin
, Adderall, and Provigil as study aids.
Some 4 million schoolchildren are estimated to be on Ritalin
PUBLIC AND MEDICAL concern regarding the overdiagnosing of attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and the overprescribing of Ritalin
hit the mainstream in 2000 with the publication of a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Class action lawsuits have been filed in California, New Jersey, and Texas against the New Jersey pharmaceutical company that manufactures Ritalin
, the prescription medication used to treat attention deficit disorders in children.
has been tested and approved for use in children six years old and above.
The technique, a new form of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), also enabled the researchers to show how Ritalin
restored function in ADHD children who were demonstrably hyperactive - that is, children who had an impaired ability to sit still during a computerized motion analysis test.
The amphetamine-related stimulant Ritalin
is used to treat hyperactive children.
Since 1990, sales of drugs like Ritalin
have increased five-fold.
is the drug doctors prescribe most often for the millions of Americans who suffer from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
For this nurse, as for her counterparts in middle- and upper-middle class schools across the country, the day's routine is now driven by what the Times dubs "a ticklish question," to wit: "With the number of children across the country taking Ritalin
estimated at well over three million, more than double the 1990 figure, who should be giving out the pills?
Experts estimate that as many as three per cent of schoolchildren suffer from hyperactivity and 90 per cent of them will end up taking Ritalin