Ridding Our Schools of Ritalin: How Behavior Control Drugs Are Harming Our Students

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that is commonly diagnosed among today’s children. The three main elements of ADHD are impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattentiveness.

Recently, many more children are becoming diagnosed with this disorder. To treat it, doctors frequently prescribe medications such as Ritalin and Adderall. These medications, though, do not have effects we would wish upon our children. Ritalin, for example, is pharmologically almost the exact equivalent of cocaine, and for this reason it is one of the most abused drugs among students.

I believe many children are incorrectly diagnosed with ADHD, and those that do truly have the disorder can be treated successfully, without the use of these medications. This is done by instead introducing them to a positive change in environment.

Let us look at some of the symptoms of ADHD, as provided by the National Institute of Health:

Inattentive symptoms:

  • Fails to give close attention to details or…

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