Background: The stimulant drug methylphenidate, otherwise known as Ritalin, is the mainstay of treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and is the most common psychotropic medication prescribed to children. Whilst psychiatric discourse presents it as a safe and effective treatment, critics point out its similarity to drugs like cocaine and describe it as "legalised speed". This article examines the ambivalent identity of Ritalin as both benign medicine and dangerous drug. Methods:...[Show more]
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