Ritalin is a useful drug for those who actually need it. You can't compare it to pot smoking, which has no benefit at all, except to turn a kid into a brain-dead goof-ball later in life.
Studies of brain growth and development show that during these early teen years is the last time the brain shows accelerated development, then brain then actually sheds a lot of unused brain cells in it's final development.
Those who use as much of their brain as possible during this period tend to retain more brain cells, and have slightly larger brains when they reach full growth. They have better short and long term memory, and are able to learn faster. They may also suffer less brain deterioration in their old age. Ritalin, which actually helps some children focus and concentrate and therefore learn better, would appear to also help these childrens brain development, giving them a chance of achieving a higher education level, and onward to better employment, something they otherwize would not achieve without it. Pot is useless in every way, and often leads to a poorer quality of life, not to mention cronic depression problems.
To: Nathan Zachary
Ritalin is far more dangerous and detrimental than pot ever thought about being.
posted on 09/12/2006 12:44:42 PM PDT
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