Resources & Links
Some parents have seen their children’s lives improved by using psychotropic
medications like Ritalin. Others parents have found that some negative
effects of psychotropic medications overshadowed beneficial effects. The
CCLE respects both perspectives.
The CCLE maintains that parents have a right to make their own decisions
about whether or not their children should take psychotropic medications,
and that these decisions must be made freely and with full and open access
In line with this principles, the resources compiled on this page present
a wide array of perspectives on the issue.
Drugs, Children, and Behavior Control
Resources compiled by the President's Council on Bioethics.
Child Medication Safety Act
Would prohibit schools
receiving federal education money from coercing children into taking drugs
like Ritalin as a precondition to attending class.
Michigan Education Report
(Michigan ranks third in Ritalin use)
International Narcotic Board's Warning on Ritalin
Lists and explanations of federal laws affecting children with ADD.
Laws and regulations under IDEA concerning children with ADD.
An all encompassing Ritalin site with everything from general information to
NIDA Ritalin Infofax
US government info.
One page fact summary on Ritalin and growing trends
Contains links to other sites where information about the potential harms of
certain psychotropic drugs administered for ADD/ADDH can be found.
Ritalin on Trial: Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against Drug Company,
psychiatrists and CHADD, from the National Association of School
for Label and Drug Free Education
A truly parent-based group, many of whom have had to deal with school
pressure to drug their own children.
CHADD: Children and Adults with AD/HD
Operates the National Center on AD/HD in conjunction with the Centers for
Disease Control. Has been criticized by parents' groups for receiving
large financial contributions from Novartis (the makers of Ritalin).
A web site providing information to parent's on the labeling and drugging of
children. Operated by the
Citizens Commission on Human Rights, which
was founded by the Church of Scientology.
Int'l Center for the
Study of Psychiatry and Psychology
The Center takes a
position against forced drugging as well as against the double standard that
"Crusading for the rights of parents to choose"
Medicating Kids: A PBS Frontline Report
Revving up the brain
By Julie Deardorff (c), Chicago Tribune, March 7, 2004
An article on the use of Ritalin for cognitive enhancement.
An Increasing Trend in Ritalin Use
by the Danish Medicines Society
Just Say Yes to Ritalin!
By Lawrence H. Diller, Salon
September 25, 2000
Just Say No to Ritalin
New Hampshire Law Review (1993)
Vermont Ritalin use provokes bill
Legislature Report, 31 Jan. 2003
News on Connecticut School Policy
National Journal Article on Ritalin
New Hampshire is No. 1 Ritalin State
Mom Say's School Forced Her To Give Son
One Pill Makes
Article from the American Prospect magazine looks at the Ritalin
phenomenon in the light of other drugs that became popular during the 1990s
movement towards "cosmetic pharmacology": Prozac and Viagra.
Ciba-Geigy pushes Ritalin on kids
Sol Morris of the SCI Youth Committee writes that “the power to force
children onto mind-altering substances is rising as fast as the
pharmaceutical companies' profit margin.”
Peter R. Breggin M.D. Testimony September 29, 2000
before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations committee on
Education and the Workforce U.S. House of Representatives.
This web page presents several articles that make cases against Ritalin use.