Risk-taking linked to Ritalin

People who inappropriately take the prescription drug to become more alert may also become more reckless

By Stephen Ornes, 14:25 PM October 5, 2012

Ritalin is a drug prescribed to help people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. It can help these people think more clearly. But recently scientists found that the drug may have a different, surprising effect when taken by healthy people: It can make them reckless.

In a study published in September, scientists gave 40 healthy women either a single standard dose of Ritalin or a placebo. (A placebo is a fake: It looks just like the drug being tested, but it doesn’t do an...

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