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No evidence of Ritalin turning children into robots

15th October 2012

Researchers at Kings College London have said there is no evidence that children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder who take the drug Ritalin turn into automatons.

Dr Ilina Singh said the many children she interviewed (as part of a study funded by the Wellcome Trust) told her the drug helped them by clearing their heads. She explained: "Children value the medication because it puts them in a place where they can make good moral decisions, which is exactly what the ethicists are worried about."

The number of prescriptions for Ritalin have increased from 82,000 in 2005 to 715,000 in 2011. 


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