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 to information.

In line with this principles, the resources compiled on this page present a wide array of perspectives on the issue.


Government Resources

Drugs, Children, and Behavior Control
Resources compiled by the President's Council on Bioethics.

Child Medication Safety Act (HR 1170)
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.


Medication Information

An all encompassing Ritalin site with everything from general information to FAQ’s. 

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 Psychiatrists.


Other Organizations

AbleChild: Parents 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). 

Fight for Kids
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 legislation creates.

A Parent's Choice
"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 Concerning Ritalin

Brain Politics
National Journal Article on Ritalin

New Hampshire is No. 1 Ritalin State

Mom Say's School Forced Her To Give Son Ritalin

One Pill Makes You Larger
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 May/June 1997



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.



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