Ofsted chief warns that Ritalin prescriptions are on the rise, as parent try to medicate away bad behaviour

The use of the drug— and other similar substances— has more than doubled in the last decade, with 1.5 million prescriptions dispensed by the NHS last year.


Amanda Spielman told The Times: “The fact that it seems to have become the norm for a whole swathe of the social structure to medicate as a response to behavioural problems feels like a very big warning signal.

“If there’s that level of behavioural problems, what is it telling us about what ought to be preventable?

"Is it located in the family?

"Is it located in the education or the peer group?

"You don’t just want to try and block out the symptoms, you want to say, is there something that can be solved?”


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