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Ritalin is not a drug to be trifled with It is an amphetamine It is a gateway drug that is more powerful than marijuana and can trigger an addiction in a child from which there may be no return While many argue that Ritalin is safe Ritalin has dangerous short-term and long-term side effects that is the effects appear within weeks or months after initiating the drug And yet each year Ritalin or some related drug is being prescribed for millions of children as a quick fix for not behaving well or for not doing their schoolwork with care Ritalin is prescribed for children who allegedly have ADD or ADHD attention deficit disorder or attention deficit hyperactive disorder--diseases that cause poor attention and inappropriate hyperactive behavior Stein 15 Viewed as a disease the core of treatment is medication Ritalin The behavioral programs for ADD and ADHD that have been developed to date are designed to merely augment treatment with Ritalin Does Ritalin work Yes But no one knows for certain exactly how Taylor 5 Some say that it increases the activity of what is called the inhibitory center of the brain This is believed to be a tiny part of the brain that helps us to slow down or start behavior but there is no proof for this supposition Plotnik 97 This theory is only a guess not a fact In addition Ritalin does improve alertness but only when first used all stimulants do However Ritalin does these things for all people not just attentional-hyperactive children Stein states I believe it produces these effects because it makes us high calms us down and makes us feel good Because it is a stimulant drug far more powerful than caffeine it can perk anyone up and makes them more alert So whats the problem Isnt it a safe drug No it is not It has many dangerous and risky properties such as the potential for addiction Physicians
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