I have joined a forum in France for the parents of ADHD children. The members are mostly very incensed about a programme that screened on television here last night about how people in general are becoming more and more dependent on drugs and it had a section about hyperactive kids on Ritalin. People on the forum feel it really misrepresented things, making out that parents just want to drug their turbulent children to give themselves an easier time and also to do well in school and that teachers and schools in particular want "difficult" children drugged. I watched the programme and did feel it gave a skewed account, not representing the other side of parents who don't want to "drug" their children but want them to have a quality of life they could not have without Ritalin, and so on. However, it does of course raise the whole debate about stimulants, rights and wrongs, and I am really interested to know what the perception generally is in the States now. Despite what the programme said (TV is always sensationalist), I would say that people here are generally against giving stimulants to children and ADHD is really not well understood, though this is slowly changing. Is there pressure in American schools for ADHD children - and others - to take stimulants?