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Resource ID: #18879
Subject: Pharmaceuticals
Source: NBC News Dateline
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Date: Jan. 16

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NBC looks at the nationwide abuse of Ritalin, a drug prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Disorder. Using hidden cameras, the investigating team finds out how easy it is to find the drug illegally. The story reveals that the abuse is common among children and teenagers in high-school and college. The problem "cuts across social lines," NBC reports. Children who are prescribed Ritalin are often pressured by their classmates and friends for their pills. The young addicts snort crushed pills to party and study better. Most are unaware of the harmful side effects and the risk of death from heart attack.

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