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Published in Print: September 13, 2000, as Ritalin Use In the Maryland Public Schools

Ritalin Use In the Maryland Public Schools

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A new study of medication use by students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in the Maryland public schools found that white students were given Ritalin and other ADHD drugs at a far higher rate than their minority peers. The disparity in medication use increased as the students grew older, the study found.

Ritalin Users by Race and Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity Proportions in School Enrollment

Elementary Middle High Total
White 73.11% 79.83% 86.89% 76.23% 55.91%
Black 24.2 16.98 10.47 20.95 36.08
Hispanic 1.68 2.06 1.70 1.79 3.72
Asian .82 .96 .77 .85 3.97
Native American .18 .17 .15 .17 .32
SOURCE: "Stimulant Treatment in Maryland Public Schools," Pediatrics, September 2000. (Read the abstract.)



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