“Ritalin is the common name for methylphenidate, classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule II narcotic—the same classification as cocaine, morphine and amphetamines. It is abused by teens for its stimulant effects.
Even when Ritalin is used as a prescription drug, it may have severe effects including nervousness, insomnia, anorexia, loss of appetite, pulse changes, heart problems and weight loss.
The manufacturer says it is a drug of dependency.
In June 2005, the US Food and Drug Administration issued a series of public health advisories warning that Ritalin and drugs like it may cause visual hallucinations, suicidal thoughts and psychotic behavior, as well as aggression or violent behavior.” (Foundation for a Drug Free World)
According to WND, “Fifteen percent of all school-age boys have been diagnosed with ADHD and 7 percent of all school-age girls. That makes a total of 11 percent of all school-aged children in the U.S. diagnosed with ADHD.”
Recently Governor John Kasich was asked about the rise in gun violence in America and his answer was for the community to raise its voice to address mental illness in America.
To truly understand the impact education has had on the mental stability of our children we must know and understand that this is the direct result of schools recommending to parents that they place their children on a Schedule II narcotic as early as kindergarten.
This has been going on for so long that these children are now adolescents and violently confused.
It is no accident that more boys have been prescribed methylphenidate than girls, more urban children than affluent, more Black than White.
Governor Kasich is correct however misguided. The community must raise its voice to stop the prescription of methylphenidates to children.
When we provide every child in America with a developmentally appropriate, Arts based, experiential education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their individual gifts and talents, our children will thrive educationally, socially, and personally.
We must raise our voice to stop the mental damage we are causing our children.
If we don’t, they won’t.
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