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Ritalin Sold on U.S. Playgrounds

Tuesday, 28 November 2000 12:00 AM

A survey of 6,000 children in Massachusetts found that nearly 13 percent of secondary school pupils had used Ritalin without a prescription, the newspaper said. In Wisconsin and Minnesota, a third of students prescribed attention-deficit drugs were found to have been approached to sell or trade pills.

The trade is so extensive that the General Accounting Office, the investigative arm of Congress, has begun an inquiry into the theft and sale of Ritalin in schools. Henry Hyde, Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which initiated the investigation, said: "Virtually every data source available confirms the widespread theft, diversion and abuse of Ritalin and drugs like it."

The Times said school nurses and staff are being urged to tighten controls, but those overseeing the administration of prescriptions in school hours may not be above reproach. One head replaced Ritalin with sugar pills, and staff members have been questioned – and some convicted – over thefts.

Some experts fear that Ritalin pills, though safe for overactive 6-year-olds, could be a "gateway" to marijuana, cocaine and heroin when taken by those who do not need them.

The Drug Enforcement Administration found that 30 percent to 50 percent of teenagers at drug treatment centers in Indiana, South Carolina and Wisconsin had taken Ritalin to get high, although not as their principal drug.

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