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Home > Research Articles > Congress Jumps Into Ritalin Fray

NY Post

Sunday, September 29, 2002

The House Committee on Government Reform will conduct a hearing tomorrow on the issue.

The hearings were prompted by a series in The Post detailing the plight of area parents and even the president's brother, Neil Bush, who is expected to testify.

Last year, more than 110,000 school-age kids across the state were administered drugs commonly used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

That same year, doctors issued nearly 300,000 Ritalin prescriptions and more than 150,000 prescriptions for amphetamines commonly used to treat ADHD, the state Department of Health said.

Neil Bush, whose son Pierce, 16, was forcibly medicated at a Houston private school, hopes the hearings will show Congress there is a public "demand for action" as more and more parents across the nation speak out.

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