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'Miracle Drug Gets Closer Look'

January 15, 1988

Thanks for printing the Ritalin controversy article. I sent a copy to my sister. She was having difficulty controlling her 11-year-old son, so when the school counselors recommended he be put on Ritalin, she was all for it. She doesn't discipline the child and cannot confront his behavior so she welcomes this drug which slows him down, ruins his appetite and makes him controllable. It is an incompetent and lazy method of control and it is damaging to his physical and mental health.

Modern teachers are giving this poison to the children to handle classroom tension. The children are our future. They must be strong, healthy and alert. Thanks for reporting on the dangers of Ritalin which is so widespread in our schools.

FRED L. AEILTS

Los Angeles

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