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Complainant Name:
A woman

Clauses Noted: 1

Publication: Daily Mail


A woman complained that an article in the newspaper about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) had ‘demonised’ the drug Ritalin which was used to treat the condition. The article said that Ritalin had a similar chemical formula to cocaine but the complainant pointed out that, although the drug was a stimulant, it was not intended for the high dosage generally used by drug addicts. Furthermore, she said that the drug had successfully treated many children and remained the safest and most effective option. Complications as a result of taking Ritalin represented a tiny percentage of those to whom it had been prescribed. She said that Ritalin was only prescribed after a one year waiting list to see an educational psychiatrist and was taken in combination with parenting classes, special schools, special needs classes and social therapy.


The newspaper defended its position making clear that Ritalin had been ‘linked’ to the deaths of children in the UK and the US. However, the complaint was resolved when the newspaper agreed to carry a note of the complainant’s concerns on its records for future guidance.

Report: 73

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