A July 7 article by Kim Thomas of the New Zealand-based website stuff.co.nz provided the following details about the study:
Researchers reassessed participants when they were in their teens and found they had higher than average levels of delinquency, aggression, and arrests by police than the general population. ...
University of Canterbury psychologist Dr Julia Rucklidge, an ADHD expert, said the research showed Ritalin was a "band aid" which gave some short-term relief for sufferers and their parents, but had no long-term effect.
Rucklidge said the study was significant because it highlighted the need for a fresh look at Ritalin prescribing and at new treatments.
"Ritalin has been seen as this amazing drug but this research is showing that really it is just acting as a band-aid. While it improves behaviour in the short term, it has no lasting effects. These kids continue to struggle in the long term despite taking Ritalin."
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