400,000 children are given ‘good behaviour’ drug

Telegraph (UK) 23 Sep 06
Zac Goldsmith, one of David Cameron’s key policy advisers, yesterday backed the Hold on to Childhood coverage in The Daily Telegraph and said he was worried at the ease with which doctors prescribed pills to tackle children’s emotional upsets.Almost 400,000 children were prescribed Ritalin last year. The multi-millionaire environmental campaigner said that a proper investigation would “almost certainly” reveal a link between pollutants in children’s food and the surge in childhood depression and behavioural problems.