Ritalin is a drug that produces very similar effects in the body as crystal meth. While not identical chemically the active constituent is the same and is being explored in crystal meth amohetamine addiction to reduce the withdrawal symptoms. And we give this to children.
Some kids who take it will die from the drug. 30% of those who take it will develop OCD or other psychological disorders in the first year of taking it. And kids are twice as likely to develop substance abuse issues later in life if they are prescribed it. The drug is classed as a narcotic in the same group as cocaine and crystal meth. It is not benign. There are safe alternatives.
Study: Ritalin use in childhood could cause long-lasting alterations in neurotransmission
Scientists in the Netherlands have found evidence that stimulants used in the treatment of ADHD have different effects when acting on the developing or the mature brain. The study, published in the journal NeuroImage: Clinical, was the first to investigate the effects of childhood methylphenidate treatment on brain levels of the neurotransmitter GABA in adult… Read the full story