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US education board advises against drugs for behavioural problems

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 04 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1456
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    A US board of education has passed a resolution urging teachers to use discipline and instruction to overcome problem behaviour in the classroom, rather than encouraging parents to seek drug treatment for their children.

    The resolution passed by Colorado Board of Education carries no legal weight but sounds a warning on the growing use of drugs such as Ritalin (methylphenidate hydrochloride) to deal with disruptive behaviour in schools. Board members supporting the resolution believed that many violent crimes …

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