Reading, Writing, and Ritalin

The Sydney Morning Herald printed a story with a lot of statistics about Ritalin use among children in Australia. "For the first time, the data breaks down the use of Ritalin and dexamphetamine by age group - and reveals a ninefold increase in their use between 1990 and 2000. The prescription rate is four times higher for boys, but is growing for girls, and any NSW [New South Wales] primary classroom has a one-in-two chance of including a child taking drugs for the condition." This alarming trend is out of control and has got to be challenged. Source: Sydney Morning Herald [Australian newspaper]

Title: In 2001, it's readin', writin' and Ritalin

Author: Julie Robotham

Date: March 19, 2001

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