Paul H. Brown (phbrown@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Wed, 28 Jun 1995 08:04:47 -0400
Ian wrote that my use of the term "uppers" for Ritalin was incorrect and
that they calm the hyper scout. I agree that they calm the hyper scout,
but still contend that their method of action is as a stimulant. Just
becasue these are prescribed drugs doesn't remove them from the "uppers"
category of potentially abused drugs.
We had a story locally a couple of months ago about a school nurse
stealing the kids' Ritalin that had been entrusted to her to administer.
A pill here, a pill there, and she had access to a good supply of uppers.
If boys will sniff propane and solvents looking for a "high," they will
surely sample pills. Were it not so, there would be no need for drug
As for the liability of adult leaders who administer drugs, even those
that are properly prescribed, you surely know that the rules differ
between the UK and the US, and even among the states of the US. There are
things that I would have done in Utah or Michigan that I would never
consider in my present Washington DC area home.
All opinions not "borrowed" from unattributed sources are my own.
Paul H. Brown, ASM T807, Great George Washington District, NCAC
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