New Ritalin Ad Blitz Makes Parents Jumpy

More families and legislators are revolting against the push to consume antihyperactivity medications

In Sheila Matthews' view, it was a heartening event for the back-to-school season: the signing of a law in Connecticut that she and others hope will relieve the growing pressure on parents to put their kids on drugs to control attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The New Canaan homemaker helped gather support for the bill and was understandably proud to be in the Governor's office last week for the ceremony. But she and her fellow lobbyists for the legislation, most of them parents, also got a surprise kick in the teeth.

Picking up the September issues of a number of women's and parenting...

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