The Plain-Dealer compiled 1996 Census projections and data from the Drug Enforcement Administration showing the break down of Ritalin sold in grams in the nation's 3,141 counties. The results show that the use of and prescribing of Ritalin varies from state to state but also by region. The analysis found high Ritalin use in the Northeast and upper Midwest, and even disparities in use within Ohio. In Summit County, 3.6 percent are prescribed the drug, while in neighboring Holmes County only 0.37 are prescribed Ritalin, the lowest rate in Ohio. Attitudes and theories on Ritalin use vary with some believing children in cold, isolated areas might be more prone to use the drug, some think military families are more inclined to use it, others believe children and families with attention disorders "migrate" to resort areas where the drug is more readily available.
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