Ritalin (methylphenidate) is a central nervous system stimulant prescribed for treating narcolepsy (uncontrollable sleepiness), and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Ritalin is available as a generic drug. Common side effects of Ritalin include nervousness, agitation, anxiety, sleep problems (insomnia), stomach pain, loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, palpitations, headache, vision problems, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, sweating, skin rash, psychosis, and numbness, tingling, or cold feeling in your hands or feet.
Fight for Kids reports,”Today, children 5 years old and younger are the fastest-growing segment of the non-adult population prescribed antidepressants in the U.S. Children as young as 4 have attempted suicide while influenced by such drugs and 5 year olds have committed suicide. Between 1995 and 1999, antidepressant use increased 580% in the under 6 population and 151% in the 7-12 age group. In 2004, the FDA ordered that a “black box” label be placed on antidepressants warning that they can cause suicide in children and adolescents.”
Google “mental health facilities” Rochester, New York, and twenty results appear immediately. There are more than twenty drug rehabilitation centers as well. Neither of these searches included transitional housing service where individuals who suffer from mental health issues or drug addition reside either temporarily or permanently.
Social services, taking care of people who are unable to take care of themselves is big business.
The not for profit industry is working with the pharmaceutical industry to maintain and manage a large population of individuals who have failed to maneuver their way through the current system of education to find their place in this unforgiving society of standardization.
Children have been receiving Ritalin since 1967 and we are seeing its effects in the increase in drug addition, suicide, and violent behavior of our young adults.
Early childhood education would have our children enter the current system of education and be diagnosed with ADD and ADHD and medicated with this mind altering drug at the age of three.
Our children deserve to be educated not medicated.
We must change the language of education so that it concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing our children’s gifts and talents.
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