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|NUMBER 194||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||MARCH 2002|
|House Panel Approves Curb on Ritalin Recommendations|
Rep. Lauri Clapp (R-Littleton) introduced H.B. 1291 after hearing testimony from parents protesting the recommendation of such drugs for their children for "acting up" or doing poorly in school. According to the Denver Post (2-14-02), one parent who was advised to put her child on Ritalin "removed sugar from his diet and worked more intensely with him" instead. She said that, ultimately, she removed him from public school and then he "began improving."
School Board Resolution
For years, Ritalin has been the drug of choice for children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). These diagnoses are based on a list of symptoms which some experts characterize as merely part of growing up, and many parents have resisted placing their children on mind-altering drugs in order to control them.
Ritalin critics believe the Brookhaven study is especially noteworthy because it exposes Ritalin as not merely similar to cocaine, as previous studies have suggested, but actually more potent than cocaine. Insight Magazine observed that these results "raise further questions about the validity and repercussions of having an entire generation of children diagnosed with a mental disorder or brain disease which to date has no basis in physical science." According to the most recent figures, one of every five schoolchildren was taking a mind-altering drug - primarily Ritalin - in 1998.
A BILL FOR AN ACT
Concerning Limitations on