Do our kids really need drugs to study?

The objective of getting an education is for the student to engage in the learning process!

The use of Ritalin, Concerta and other similar medication to improve a learners or students grades, as it helps them concentrate for longer; is a forms of abuse of medication, just as is using steroids or other sports enhancement drugs, to improve performance.  Parents must be cautioned against allowing their kids to use these drugs to assist with studies, unless they are prescribed by a medical professional for a specific medical condition – in most instances for the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Concerta, Methylphenidate and Ritalin are all classified as schedule 6 narcotics, that are not only an addictive stimulant drug, but also contain warnings of possible side effects such as high blood pressure, nervousness, loss of appetite, nausea, dizziness, palpitations, headaches, severe insomnia, visual hallucinations, suicidal thoughts and psychotic behaviour as well as aggression or violent behaviour.

With recent media coverage of these narcotics being sold not only at Tertiary Institutions, but freely availability at High Schools, our learners, students, parents and teachers need to be aware of the dangers of this new “drug trade.�?

Here are a few Ritalin facts:

  • This is a federally controlled substance (CII) because it can be abused or lead to addiction.
  • Ritalin should be used as part of a total treatment programme for ADHD that should also include counselling and/or other therapies.
  • Selling or giving away Ritalin may harm others, is against the law and a criminal offence.

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