Anyway, this is how the story begins. "It's no longer shocking to hear of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder -- and others simply facing a big test -- taking ADHD medicine to boost their performance in school. But new studies point to a problem: There's little evidence that the drugs actually improve academic outcomes. Stimulants used to treat ADHD like Ritalin and Adderall --" Let me ask you a question. I know you're all familiar with drug testing in professional sports. Does it give you pause when you learn that one of the most used drugs in professional sports, the NFL, is Adderall, and that your kid is on it, and that the league bans its use?
Second, Ritalin. Some players, because they believe what's been said about ADHD and Ritalin and focus, we're talking about just versions of amphetamines here, all to combat what, in the old days, was just normalcy.
Here's an excerpt from the article Limbaugh was referring to today from The Wall Street Journal:
It's no longer shocking to hear of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder—and others simply facing a big test—taking ADHD medicine to boost their performance in school. But new studies point to a problem: There's little evidence that the drugs actually improve academic outcomes.
A June study looked at medication usage and educational outcomes of nearly 4,000 students in Quebec over an average of 11 years and found that boys who took ADHD drugs actually performed worse in school than those with a similar number of symptoms who didn't. Girls taking the medicine reported more emotional problems, according to a working paper published on the website of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a nonprofit economics research firm.
Its not surprising. They also found Prozac as ineffective as a placebo:
The Guardian reported: Prozac, used by 40m people, does not work say scientists:Analysis of unseen trials and other data concludes it is no better than placebo
The review breaks new ground because Kirsch and his colleagues have obtained for the first time what they believe is a full set of trial data for four antidepressants.
~Read more here
Also the Daily Mail reported about it here.
They also have no idea how these drugs affect the brain, especially long term. The Telegraph reported that they are just acknowledging the brain damage likely caused 30 years after the introduction of tranquilizers to the mass market.