19,000 Aussie Children Use ADHD Drug Deemed Unsafe for Adults


The Australian government rejected Concerta, a long-acting form of Ritalin, “on the basis of uncertain efficacy and safety,” and because of concerns that the drug could be diverted for illegal use at government expense. However, 19,000 Australian children were prescribed the drug last year. Ritalin has been linked to increased blood pressure in children, and has been associated with sudden death of cardiac abnormalities, and can increase aggression and hostility as well as weight gain and retarded growth.

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].