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Amphetamines: Not Just for Kids Anymore

If you thought Ritalin was invented in the early 00s — when every hyperactive American kid popped a few mills with his Cap’n Crunch and zipped off to 4th grade homeroom — you wouldn’t be alone. But methylphenidate has been around as a treatment for hyperactivity since at least the 60s. Then, as now, doctors were quick to give kids this legal meth when deeper emotional issues were desperately seeking diagnosis.

In fact, fans of 1973’s The Exorcist know that, before Fathers Merrin and Karras saved young Regan’s soul, she was given a prescription for Ritalin. “Nobody knows the cause of hyperkinetic behavior in a child,”…

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