Policy Documents

A Mixed Message to Children

Samuel Walker –
January 1, 2001
In this Viewpoint on Public Issues, Samuel Walker notes that saying no to drugs is undermined by saying yes to Ritalin. Every school day, millions of American children are given a powerful drug called "Ritalin" to combat a disorder known as “attention deficit, hyperactivity disorder” (ADHD). But ADHD is coming under increasing scientific attack for its vagueness and vulnerability to abuse as a tool for control. Meanwhile, experts and evidence indicate that Ritalin is not the way to help children learn better.