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The parents of six year old James Patrick Smith receive a phone call
from the school guidance counselor informing them of their child's recent
hyperactive behavior. After a short conference, the guidance counselor suggests
to the parents a solution for young James' problem; as a result, the family
visits their family doctor and the doctor diagnoses James with Attention Deficit
Disorder (ADD) during a one hour appointment. To remedy the disorder, the doctor
prescribes the "savior drug" for ADD patients; children are almost always fed
the drug Ritalin, a prescription medicine that packs a strong euphoric punch
(Machan 151). The preceding hypothetical situation commonly occurs in the
United States at a growing rate which may be too fast for the nation to contain.
The over-prescription of the drug Ritalin to correct ADD produces many negative
side effects upon patients and society.
In the vast market of prescription drugs, Ritalin, o...
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