Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Sandra on Ritalin

From an article by Marie Woolf in The Independent on Saturday.

One in 20 children suffers attention disorder
The Liberal Democrat MP Sandra Gidley, a former pharmacist, warned against parents regarding Ritalin as "a wonder drug" that could cure disruptive behaviour in all youngsters.

"Ritalin is regarded as a magic bullet by some parents. It is becoming so widespread that I have had parents in my surgery who regard it as a wonder drug, complaining that doctors are refusing to prescribe it to their children," she said. "In some kids it is because they are eating so many additives in junk food and often what is needed is some low-level intervention from social services to help with parenting skills. In many cases, Ritalin is a cop-out solution to a wider problem."

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