19.3% of Israeli students regularly take ritalin or substitutes to improve academic achievement, and 7,2% of the respondents were getting ritalin through a friend without a doctor’s prescription, reports the press service of Ariel University in Samaria.
These are the results of a study conducted among 814 students (27% of boys and 73% girls) enrolled in the faculties of social Sciences and Humanities in three Israeli universities and one College in the center of the country. The study authors – Dr. Vered the Neeman Habib and Dr. hagit Boni-Noah, an employee of the Department of criminology Ariel University.
The study showed that almost half of the respondents (46,7%) did not know about the side effects of ritalin and consider it a harmless drug to improve memory and ability to focus.
Recall that in the United States and many other countries, the use of ritalin (methylphenidate) is severely limited. In Israel, the decision about the prescribing of ritalin minors are allowed to accept pediatric neurologist or child psychiatrist, which should be preceded by a neurological and physical examination. Many adult Israelis also take ritalin, usually for purchasing this drug requires a prescription of a specialist, but to write such a recipe can a regular family doctor (psychiatrists that practice is considered unacceptable).
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