House Votes To Bar Schools
from Forcing Kids to Take Psychotropic Meds

On Wednesday (May 21, 2003) the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Child Medication Safety Act (HR 1170), which would prohibit schools receiving federal education money from coercing children into taking drugs like Ritalin as a precondition to attending class.

Ritalin (the trade name of Methylphenidate) may provide many people with cognitive benefits, but in recent years some school districts have reportedly been coercing parents to place their children on the drug. The CCLE believes that just as Ritalin users should not be criminalized, no one should be forced, or coerced, to take it.

See Also:

CCLE Neuroethics Project

CCLE Ritalin Resources

Other Documents Related to HR 1170 (press releases, mark up, etc)