Are Schools Really Drug Free Zones? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dr. Paul G. Jensen   
In recent years, schools have done an excellent job educating children about “saying NO to drugs”. Unfortunately, we are still giving large quantities of drugs (particularly Ritalin) to children to control their behavior in school. Technically this is different, but is it really?   More importantly, can children understand this fine line of difference?  Research shows that children administered antidepressant stimulants are three times more likely to become cocaine users.  Obviously, many of these kids do have trouble with this mixed message.


Ritalin is a schedule II drug in the same category as opium, cocaine and morphine.  It is without question considered to be addictive.  Withdrawal symptoms can be severe and include depression, fatigue, paranoia, increased dreaming, irritability, bedwetting and suicide.  Withdrawal effects have a potential to last for years.

 Hyperactivity/ADD has many causes including dietary factors, allergies, neurological irritation, vaccination reactions and emotional issues.  The key to solving a child’s behavior and learning problems is to understand these underlying causes, one of which is not a vitamin “R” deficiency (vitamin “R” is the street name for Ritalin).

Giving a drug to a child when he/she has a problem sends a message that “drugs solve my problems”.  Whereas, helping a child solve his/her problems without having to resort to drugs teaches the child important problem solving skills.

Certain communities in the U.S. have taken a stance against the widespread use of Ritalin.  These communities have come to realize that there are safe alternatives that do work. Solving a child’s behavior and learning problems does take great effort,
but the benefits are well worth it.  Taking Ritalin may seem like the easy solution, but it could come with a high price down the road.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 June 2007 )
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